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Nine Earn Honors At State Speech

Posted on 14 March 2016 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone High School individual speech team attended the state speech competition yesterday at North High School in Des Moines. Coaches Leshia Anderson and Jill Thieben brought seven BHS performers to compete in nine different events. Each of the nine performances earned an overall rating of a I, the top score that students can receive.

Junior Emma Toms performed in two categories, poetry and literary program. She prepared three poems about loss along with a mix of poetry and prose pieces focusing on the topic of depression to earn her I ratings. Sophomore Haley Anderson also earned I’s in two categories, acting and prose. She performed a monologue from the play Quilters and read a Russian fairy tale called “Baba Yaga.”

Other tenth graders competing at state were Grayson Boggess, Jade Wilber, and Levi Patterson. Boggess earned a I for ETA: Phoenix, an acting piece about a salesman who grows increasingly frustrated during a game of golf. Jade Wilber earned top ratings in spontaneous speaking. She had three minutes to prepare a speech on a topic drawn from an envelope. Levi Patterson’s I rating came in the category of prose. He read an excerpt from Frank McCourt’s memoir Teacher Man.

Two freshmen also earned I’s at state. Maggy Muller performed “The Gift of the Magi” in the storytelling category, and Alaney Parker received an overall I for her performance in musical theater. She sang “Pulled” from the musical The Addams Family.

“Even though this is an individual competition, we are really proud of the way our kids came together as a team to support one another,” said Anderson. “What a great way to end our season.”

Back row left to right: Maggy Muller, Levi Patterson, Grayson Boggess, Jade Wilber, Emma Toms Front row left to right: Haley Anderson, Alaney Parker

Back row left to right: Maggy Muller, Levi Patterson, Grayson Boggess, Jade Wilber, Emma Toms
Front row left to right: Haley Anderson, Alaney Parker

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