Pella Chronicle


January 25, 2012

PCHS to host City-Wide Speech Night on Friday

Pella — Pella Christian High School, 300 Eagle Lane, will host the annual City-Wide Speech Night this year on Friday evening, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm.  The evening will showcase all the 2012 Large Group Speech events from both city high schools--Pella Christian High and Pella Public High.

Speech Events include Readers Theatre, Choral Reading, Musical Theatre, Ensemble Acting, Mime and Group Improv. The Fine Arts evening will also include a performance from each school's one-act entry.  Pella High will be performing "Totally Red" and Pella Christian will be performing "Charlie Foster."

The night also hopes to unite speech students from both high schools during the evening.  Pella High speech is coached by Suzi Jones and Ashlee Whittington.  Pella Christian High speech is coached by Marlo Van Peursem and Helen Luhrs.

"This is the fifth year we have held this event for our students," said Van Peursem.  "It's always a great time for both schools to be able to show off for each other in a non-competitive manner.  It's always a lot of fun."

Both schools competed last Saturday, January 21at Grinnell High School in the Iowa High School Speech Association's District Speech Tournament.  Those events that received Division I ratings will advance to the State tournament on Saturday, February 4 at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.  

Pella Christian participated in six events with five receiving I's and an invitation to the State Competition. Students in Pella Christian's one act, "Charlie Foster" included Amber Attema, Jalissa Morgan, Kylie Lamb, India Sarver, Delaney Dugger, Joey Harger, Cailee Veenstra, Jeremy Visser, Jordan Breon, Leah Blankespoor, Karyn Vander Wal, Matthew Rossler, Carson Dugger, Emily Van Gorp, and Jessi Vos.

Also earning I's were members of PCHS's Readers Theatre and Choral Reading.  Team members performing "Piggie Pie" in Readers Theatre include Julie Jansen, Lauren Griggs, Leah Vander Hart, Maria Van Wolde, Jaclyn Kuyers, Buffy Bouwkamp, Maddie Fopma, Anna Vander Molen, and Courtney Griggs.  Choral Reading Team members performing "The Other Room" include Amber Attema, Matthew Rossler, Vanessa Blankespoor, Delaney Dugger, Amy Beekhuizen, Madison Thingstad, Cali Beyer, Cory Van Gilst, Carson Dugger, Emily Van Gorp, Caleb Attema, and Leighton Schnedler.

Two ensembles from Pella Christian also earned I's at Districts last Saturday.  Students performing "The Miracle Worker" include Madison Thingstad, Maria Van Wolde, Cory Van Gilst, Leslie Pence, and Maddie Fopma.  Students performing "Who's on First?" include Ty Sajdak and Joey Harger.  A third ensemble, "Ordinary People," received a II and included Jalissa Morgan, Jordan Breon, Nick Van Beek, and Courtney Griggs.

Pella High School had 12 of 20 entries earn Division I ratings that will move on to state. Those include One Act Play: Totally Red, Musical Theatre: Bat Boy: The Musical, Musical Theatre: The Robber Bridegroom, Musical Theatre (9th): Guys and Dolls, Readers Theatre (9th): Greater Tuna, Group Improv: Aaron Van Maanen, Jack Parisee, Greg Frommelt, and Nathan Clayberg, Group Improv: Bailey Tripp, Evan Jones, Micah Zeimetz, and Mitch Shepperd, Group Improv: Kelly Anderson, Marielle Gaiser, and Sydney Swanson, Group Improv (9th): Colin Jones, Jason Morgan, Matthew Sutija, and Matthew Weihe, Radio Broadcasting: Radio 1, Ensemble Acting: I Hate Hamlet and Short Film: Dr. Who.

The eight PHS entries that competed and earned Division II ratings were Choral Reading: Monkey Magic, Choral Reading: Johnny Pie and the Fool Killer, Readers Theatre: Elephant Graveyard, Group Improv (9th): Victoria Karnes and Olivia Kane, Ensemble Acting: Check Please Take 2, Ensemble Acting: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Group Mime: A bad report card can almost ruin your life and Radio Broadcasting: K-9.

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