The Decorah speech and drama team had a spectacular showing Saturday at district speech contest, earning 26 division ones out of 28 entries.

The ninth-grade team performed in five entries, all of which are moving on to state. The varsity team earned 21 division ones– groups which will also move on to state– and two division twos. State speech contest takes place Feb. 8th at Dubuque Senior.

Varsity Team
Division I Entries
Musical Theater: Newsies – Coached by Gabe Twedt, Carrie Kauffman, and Tom Houdek. Participants include: Ally Bouska, Finn Deen-Lester, Tyler Irwin, Mitch Leschensky, Annette Leschensky, Noah Lovelace, Dylan Muhlbauer, and Katie Storie. Come From Away – Coached by Gabe Twedt, Carrie Kauffman, and Tom Houdek. Participants include: Joe Courtney, Amber Hussain, Leila Johnson, Nolan Jostand, Ruby Langholz, Cooper McElree, Lily Smith, Kaj Spencer.

Ensemble Acting: The Other Room – Coached by Tom Houdek. Participants include: Drew Chamberlain, Ruby Langholz, Annette Leschensky, Landon Miller, AJ Morrow, Dylan Muhlbauer. The Complete Works of Harry Potter– Coached by Gabe Twedt. Participants include: Grace Bachelder, Storme Barr, Lillian Grouws, Abby Hanson, Sophie Schwartz, and Soleil Smith. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress– Coached by Carrie Kauffman. Participants include: Kaya Hougen, Mikiah Krieg, Danielle Lundtvedt, Anja Madsen and Greta Ransom.

Solo Mime: Directed by Gabe Twedt, Carrie Kauffman, and Molly Holkesvik. Say Cheese!– Kendra Bigler. Boy– Finn Deen-Lester. Have Mercy– Katie Valkosky.

Group Mime: Directed by Carrie Kauffman and Molly Holkesvik. A Sticky Situation– Participants include: Storme Barr, Morgan Brauer, Amanda Kavan, Izzy Kingsbury, Sierra Kruger, Anja Madsen. Fly Away – Participants include: Connor Cook, Danielle Lundtvedt, Angel Peña-Rodriguez, Sophie Schwartz, Will Schwartz.

Reader’s Theater: Directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. The Old Moon _ Participants include: Kendra Bigler, Katie Bjergum, Blake Donlon, Owen Henning, Karen Henriquez, Leila Johnson, Sierra Kruger, Noah Lovelace, Asha Merritt, Sarah Pedlar, Mya Sullivan, Britta Swanson, Katie Valkosky, Peter Wilson.

Choral Reading: Directed by Molly Holkesvik. We Are Human – Participants include: Shayla Betts, Katherine Bruening, Conner Cook, Joseph Courtney, Sofie Grouws, Abby Hanson, Aidan Hunter, Amber Hussain, Amanda Kavan, Angel Peña-Rodriguez, Maddie Putnam, Ella Runestad, Will Schwartz, Kaj Spencer, Mya Sullivan.

One Act: Directed by Tom Houdek. Candid – Participants include: Luke Benzing, Patrick Bockman, Ally Bouska, Owen Bruening, Logan Halverson, Tyler Irwin, Galen Iverson, Mitch Leschensky, Andrew Magner, Maddie Putnam, Sam Robinson, Seth Shindelar, Katie Storlie.

Improv: Directed by Tyler Irwin. Participants include: Group One: Isaac Cooper, Wyatt Hackman, Nadia Johnson, and Anya Lovstuen. Group Two: Gabe Anderson, Jay Fjelstul, Kaya Hougen, Simon Mumford, Matthew Smith.

TV News: Directed by Gabe Twedt and Molly Holkesvik. Crisis – The Conflict Within. Participants include: Drew Chamberlain, Emma Brauer, Grace Gerleman, Sofie Grouws, Aidan Hunter, Anya Lovstuen, Keneddy Manhart, Emma Nierengarten, Samantha Reilly, Kaitlyn Schnitzler, Kari Tangen, Nia Whitsitt, Ruby Sullivan, Rebecca Klotzbach. Iowa Wild – Participants include: Liz Clement, Landan Folkedahl, Thomas Hadley, Owen Henning, Nils Holkesvik, Mara Holland, Brendan Hunter, Lydia Ihde, Nolan Jacobsen, Kaia Neal, Mara Pankow, Kassidy Steines, Kiersten Benson, Brooke Berns, Keely Hermanson.

Radio: Directed by Gabe Twedt. – KOST, Participants include: Kiersten Benson, Lillian Grouws, Nils Holkesvik, Amanda Kuehner, Jenna Lundtvedt, Payton Schutte, Anna Tallier. KART, Participants include: Morgan Dlhy, Alysa Hanson, Kaya Hines, Abby Moen, Mara Pankow, Allison Pavlovec, Tate Schissel, Payton Taylor.

Short Film: Directed by Molly Holkesvik. 224 – Participants include: Koryn Bakken, Katie Bjergum, Anna Blaess, Cai Brevig, Fiona Buresh, Brielle Buresh, Braden Elton, Edwin Holyoake, MiKenna Martin, AJ Morrow, Kalea Oftedahl, Grace Robison, Samantha See. #dearfuture. – Participants include: Rachel Bower, Morgan Brauer, Hallie Busta, Annika Franzen, Abby Halverson, Cole Huebner, Lauren Johnson, Ellie Luzum, Simon Mumford, Mya Numedahl, Isaac Roberts, Clara Rooney, Ashley Schneberger, Grace Thompson, Luke Walter.

Varsity Division II Entries

Improv: Directed by Tyler Irwin. Participants include: Abby Milburn, Peter Wilson, Alexis Svestka.

Group Mime: Directed by Carrie Kauffman and Molly Holkesvik. Who Done It? – Participants include: Koryn Bakken, Emily Carolan, Karen Henriquez, Paige Lange, Mikenna Martin.

9th Grade Team
Division I Entries

Reader’s Theater: Directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman. Macademia Mayhem or How the Nut Cracked – Participants include: Rebecca Anderson, Junior Battle, Casey Brickley, Sophia Christman, Ella Grouws, Alex Kane, Franklin Lesmeister, Ada Lovelace, Jake Magner, Ethan Stravers, Max Wilson.

TV News: Directed by Molly Holkesvik. Impact: Reconstructing the American Justice System – Participants include: Rebecca Anderson, Sophia Christman, Ella Grouws, Alex Kane, Brinley Krivachek, Jake Magner, Grace Neal, Kortni
O’Connell, Bekah Pedlar, Annalise Skrade, Daniel Skrade, Ethan Stravers.

Short Film: Directed by Molly Holkesvik. Grit – Participants include: Julia Alberts, Casey Brickley, Leslie Campbell, Amelia Dugger, Ming Kester, Brinley Krivachek, Morgan Moen, Kortni O’Connell, Ellen Rooney, Evan Rowley, Hannah Schnitzler, Gareth Sweet, Max Wilson.

Choral Reading: Directed by Molly Holkesvik. Rise Up – Participants include:Julia Alberts, Rebecca Bruening, Leslie Campbell, Chloe Chyle, Jenna Hartz, Sally Laybourn, Britann Mettille, Morgan Moen, Grace Neal, Kailyn O’Gara, Mya Redenius, Ellen Rooney, Thea Schissel, Julia Schwartz.

Improv: Directed by Tyler Irwin. Participants include: Alex Irwin, Adam Jones, Sally Laybourn, Ada Lovelace, Ramsey Zilka.