SHS speech and drama students honored
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
Pete Anson spirit award — Gloria McKenney
Most improved speaker — Katie Halverson
Most dedicated speaker — Miranda Heisinger
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.
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.