A student in a Literary Program Event from Pella Christian High School's Individual Speech program was recently nominated as an Outstanding Performer and invited to participate in the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All-State Festival on March 26, 2012 on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
All-State participant Cory Van Gilst, a sophomore, was one of 400 of over 9,000 speech students nominated across the state as Outstanding Individual All-State performers.
This is Cory's second All-State speech honor this year, having also qualified in Large Group with their Choral Readers Theatre event, "The Other Room."
Performers in All-State are determined by judges' nominations from the State Speech Tournament. Pella Christian had 13 events qualify for that State competition, which was held at Clinton High School on March 10, 2012.
Seven of the events received a sweep of straight I's that day, including Cory Van Gilst (Lit Program), Amber Attema (Storytelling), Shayla De Jong (Lit Program), Kate Van Gilst (Prose), Malia Beatty (in Poetry and Storytelling), and Jessi Vos (Poetry). Other events receiving I's include Amber Attema (Acting) and Kate Van Gilst (After Dinner)
Also competing at the State Competition in Clinton were: Lauren Griggs (Musical Theatre), Buffy Bouwkamp (Musical Theatre), and Andrea De Bruin (Lit Program).
Pella Christian's Speech Forensic Team is coached by Marlo Van Peursem and Helen Luhrs.