Amy Metcalf and Becky Koenig presented awards to the Individual Speech students. Brianne Hassman earned Best Overall Performer, Sonie Thompson earned the Most Dedicated award, Katlyn Moore won the Pete Anson Spirit award, Amber Ellis earned the Most Improved award, and Lindsey Hassman and Ryan Crew earned the title of Best Freshmen.
This year's All-State qualifiers were also recognized: Brianne Hassman, Kevin Grimes, Daly Tighe, and Lindsey Hassman received certificates for their achievements.
Larry Untiet, head of the speech and drama departments at Spencer High Sschool, presented awards for large group speech and drama. 14 of the 18 groups that entered into the district contest advanced to the state level, with 12 earning a "1" rating at state and 9 earning "Outstanding Performance Awards" advancing them to the All-State festival.
"I like that no one sits on the bench when you're in theatre," Untiet said.
Sonie Thompson was recognized for her thespian point totals, which earned her a spot in the Thespian Troupe #1763's "Top 40" point totals. This list chronicles the point totals for every thespian in the history of Spencer High Sschool drama. Thompson now occupies spot #37.
At the end of the night the current thespian officers gave their final speech and passed down their role. Kyle Winterbour, treasurer, handed his position to Sean McCord. Sonie Thompson then passed her secretarial bag of supplies to Daly Tighe. Jenna Barnes offered the vice presidential weight to Cayla Cunningham, and Jesse Barnes gave her final presidential speech before passing down the signature slingshot, pillow and blanket to Rachel Dole.
As a part of her final speech, Barnes offered a message to the students who will be continuing the Spencer theatre program in the coming years.
"Never lose the drive that makes it possible to accomplish all that we have," Barnes said. "We are all drama students for life."