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BC speech sends five groups to All-State

The Benton Community Speech team capped off its large group season with five groups being selected for All-State. More than 40,000 students participate in Iowa High School speech every year, and of those, less than 4 percent are selected for All-State recognition. Benton had a record number of groups and students selected this year.

“We had high hopes for some of our groups to be selected this year, but we were blown away by the number we had!” said coach Mary Horst. The nominations are posted on the IHSSA website the Monday following state speech contest. Horst said she was surprised as she read the list and Benton groups kept popping up. “We’ve had some real success the past few years, but having five groups selected is truly amazing.”

To be selected for All-State, a group must first receive an overall Division I rating from the judges at the state contest. Judges may then independently choose their top picks for All-State. Two of the three judges must select a group as one of the best performances of the day for them to receive a nomination. Nominated groups are also ranked, so only a select few will end up with All-State recognition.

“We had 22 students chosen for All-State this year. That’s more than we had on the entire speech team six years ago,” said Horst. Assistant coach Ann Franzenburg added, “We have eight students who received All-State recognition in both of their events, and several of those students joined speech for the first time this year. It’s really exciting for so many students to have this opportunity.”

The All-State Festival was Saturday, February 20 on the ISU campus in Ames. The Festival is open to the public. You can also catch some of the Benton large group and individual performances at their annual Benton Speech Night on Thursday, March 4 in the high school auditorium.




UPDATED February 24, 2010 10:26 AM

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