Two events from Pella Christian High School’s Individual Speech program were recently nominated as Outstanding Performers, which invited them to participate in the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All-State Festival on March 31 on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.
All-State participants included Cory Van Gilst (Poetry) and Jordan Breon (Storytelling). Only 400 of over 9,000 speech students were nominated across the state as Outstanding Individual All-State performers.
A five-time qualifier, this is Van Gilst’s third year in a row that he has been honored as an individual performer. Breon, a three-time All State Qualifier, is returning a second year as an honored individual performer.
Performers in All-State are determined by judges’ nominations from the State Speech Tournament. Pella Christian had eight events qualify for that State competition, which was held at North Scott High School on March 15.
Five of the ten events received a sweep of straight I’s that day, including Cory Van Gilst (Poetry), Jordan Breon (Storytelling), Breanna Terpstra (Prose), and Malia Beatty (Storytelling and Lit Program).
Other events receiving I’s include Courtney Griggs (Musical Theatre), Jessi Vos (Prose), and Cory Van Gilst (Lit Program).
Also competing at the State Competition at North Scott were Breanna Terpstra (Musical Theatre) and Jordan Breon (Lit Program).
Pella Christian’s Speech Forensic Team is coached by Lisa Van Gilst and Marlo Van Peursem.