Archive for the ‘Speech’ Category

Benesh Performs a Balancing Act of Fine Arts

Benesh Performs a Balancing Act of Fine Arts

By Cameryn Klotzbach Hard work and talent flows throughout the students of Mount Vernon High School, whether it’s sports, academics, or fine arts. Martin Benesh, a junior, does a balancing act with band, orchestra, marching band, both jazz choirs, MVHS Theatre, Community Theatre, Odyssey Theatre for the Young of Art, Speech, and he occasionally takes part […]

Individual Speech Team Shines at State

Individual Speech Team Shines at State

The individual speech team scored 16 straight ones, eight overall ones and three twos at state competition today held at Vinton-Shellsburg High School. All-State IE Festival will be held at UNI on March 27.  The team is coached by Tawnua Tenley and Grant Freeman. Individual results are listed below: Category EntryTitle Student Ratings Overall EA Picnic […]

Student Writes an All-State Performing Piece

Student Writes an All-State Performing Piece

By Alina Merlak Unlike most events that make it to All-State, or any other competition during the speech season in general, Mount Vernon’s choral reading group, titled “Trigger Warning,” was written by one if its cast members, junior Clarissa Player. On Saturday, Iowa State’s campus hosted the Large Group All-State Speech Festival. All-State is the […]

Acting on Impulse

Acting on Impulse

By Laurel Sherman Tick… tock… They have two minutes to plan out their scene before they have to go out into the spotlight and perform for five minutes. Time is up. Senior Aleck Krob did not expect to make it all of the way to All-State Speech at Iowa State University on Feb. 18 when […]

Large Group Speech Competes at State

Large Group Speech Competes at State

The large group speech team state competition took place Saturday at Cedar Rapids Washington. Ten out of Mount Vernon’s 12 events scored a district 1 rating. Results: Category title students involved Rating Overall Ensemble The History of America Abridged Rory McCollum, Aaron Barnhart, Maggie Davis 1,1,1 1 Radio News ESPNPR Alex Lueth, Caroline See, Emily Tvedt, […]

Large Group Speech Heads to District Competition

Large Group Speech Heads to District Competition

Video by Quinnie Rodman, Clara Conroy, and Oliver Crocker This video shines a light on the student loved activity known as Large Group Speech, from rehearsals to what happens at competitions. The Mount Vernon Speech Team has grown quite a bit this year with lots of new members and is bigger and better than ever. […]

Outstanding performers head to All-State

Outstanding performers head to All-State

By Sam White In a typical year at Mount Vernon, our speech team is lucky to get one or two competitors into the prestigious Individual Event All-State Speech Festival. This year, six of Mount Vernon’s remarkable “speechies” were nominated. To make the All-State nomination list, at least two judges must consider your performance “outstanding”. It’s […]

Shakespeare Act Advances To Perform At All-State

Shakespeare Act Advances To Perform At All-State

By Rachel Bell Most students and adults know the tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Even fewer know of other Shakespeare works like Hamlet. But juniors Sam Krapfl and Luke Moran and sophomore Martin Benesh know it forwards and backwards–literally. Typically, speech groups pick relatable pieces about everyday life, but “(In)complete Works Of Shakespeare, […]

The Beasts hope to stand out at state

The Beasts hope to stand out at state

By Bryce Cox The Mount Vernon speech team had great success in district competition, and will be sending eight acts to State Feb. 8. However, there is one group that seems to have the most “swag” when it comes to being the oddball in their performances. Mount Vernon’s choral reading group, The Beasts, always know […]

Eight Events Advance to State Speech

Eight Events Advance to State Speech

The Mount Vernon large group speech team competed at Districts  in Monticello on Saturday, Jan. 25, earning 8 division one ratings and two division two ratings. Events earning one ratings will advance to State competition at Linn-Mar on Feb. 8. The team is coached by Mary Sullivan, Tawnua Tenley, and Amy White. One ratings: Choral […]