SHS speech and drama students honored

Monday, May 8, 2017
Speech and drama major award winners — Front row (left to right): Levi Rees, Will Heaton, Taylor Rouse, Maren Taylor, Katie Simpson, Miranda Heisinger. Back row: Becky Koenig, Austin Crew, Katie Halverson, Gloria McKenney, Randy Cauthron, Larry Untiet. (Photos submitted)

The new Spencer High School Auditorium was the setting and Spencer High School’s speech and drama students were the cast of characters for the 2016-17 annual Speech and Drama Awards Banquet held Saturday, May 6.

The evening began with the presentation of the awards in individual speech by Becky Koenig, individual speech coach, who gave out certificates to students for their accomplishments at the district and state contest and all-state festival of the Iowa High School Speech Association, as well as the following major individual speech awards:

Best speaker of 2016-17 — Austin Crew

Honor thespians — Front row (left to right): Charlie Zulk, Austin Crew, Tim Steele, Will Heaton, Nathan Strohman. Second row: Hallie Mingus, Taylor Rouse, Makenzie Folsom, Skye Cauthron, Katie Simpson, Maren Taylor. Third row: Kaitlyn Hassman, Claire Christensen, Makenzie Connor, Molly Schlichtemeier, Natalie Jacobson, Jenna Schauer, Miranda Heisinger, Katie Halverson.

Pete Anson spirit award — Gloria McKenney

Most improved speaker — Katie Halverson

Most dedicated speaker — Miranda Heisinger

Drama letter winners — Front row (left to right): Charlie Zulk, Austin Crew, Elliott Hudson, Will Heaton, Levi Rees. Second row: Makenzie Folsom, Taylor Rouse, Nathan Strohman, Miranda Heisinger, Skye Cauthron, Maren Taylor, Tim Steele. Back row: Emma Schwarck, Claire Christensen, Katie Halverson, Hallee Mingus, Molly Schlichtemeier, Jennna Schauer, Natalie Jacobson.

All-state qualifier — Austin Crew

Larry Untiet, head of the speech and drama departments, then reviewed the year in speech and drama activities, which began with the successful fall production of “Mary Poppins.” The winter season of large group speech marked the 42nd anniversary of the “Super State” All-State Festival, with Spencer High School being honored at the festival for being the only high school in the state of Iowa which has qualified and performed at all 42 festivals since its inception in 1975. The spring production featured the comedy mystery, “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Untiet noted that 135 students — 34 seniors, 47 juniors, 29 sophomores and 25 freshmen — participated in speech and drama activities during the 2016-17 school year.

Thespian officers 2017 and 2018 — Front row (left to right): 2016-17 officers, Maren Taylor, Katie Simpson, Skye Cauthron, Mazenzie Folsom. Back row: 2017-18 officers, Claire Christensen, Jenna Schauer, Austin Crew, Will Heaton. (Photo submitted)

Certificates were handed out to those students who received Excellent “I,” Good “II,” and “Outstanding Performance” awards at the State Large Group Speech contest of the Iowa High School Speech Association.

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