Decorah High School students participated in State Individual Speech Contest hosted by Waldorf University in Forest City on Saturday, March 11. The DHS Varsity Team received 17 division one ratings and the DHS 9th Team received 3 division one ratings. The students are coached by Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, Gabe Twedt, and Kristen Underwood.

Individuals receiving division one ratings and receiving nominations as outstanding performers from at least two of the three judges will be listed on the All-State Individual Speech announcement, posted late Monday afternoon on the Iowa High School Speech Association website (

DHS Varsity individuals receiving division one ratings include the following:
Jordyn Hussain and Jenna Galligan in Acting
Devin Brevig and Sawyer Vanden Brink in Improvisation
Sydney Landstrom in Original Oratory
Ezri Dowden, Stacia Sexton, and Emma Fretheim in Literary Program
Jeny Na in Poetry
Kaylee Knight in Prose
Indigo Fish and Everett Wegge in Solo Musical Theater
Brenna Betts in Spontaneous Speaking
Richard Weis and Hayden Carlson in Storytelling
Parker Grinna in Radio Broadcasting
Mara Schnuelle in Review

DHS 9th individuals receiving division one ratings include the following:
Lillian Grouws in Expository Address and Solo Musical Theater
Finn Deen-Lester in Solo Musical Theater

Other individuals who also competed at the state contest include the following:
Kasey Thompson, Luke Stock, and Erick Fadness in Expository Address
Tori Miller in Improvisation
Madilyn Fahey in Prose
Abby Trewin in Solo Musical Theater
Anna Hanson in Radio Broadcasting
Alex Nesset in Review
Payton Schutte in Expository Address and Literary Program
Connor Cook in Public Address
Nils Holkesvik in Radio Broadcasting