Mallory, Hanke Advance to State Individual Speech
The art of speech is one which is important to master every day. People use speech daily, some vocally, some with actions and many both verbally and with their actions. If we were all judged by our art of speech, many of us may be disappointed in our judging results. Luckily, we are not judged by our speech.
Four ladies from MVAOCOU were brave enough to have their speech judged at the district individual speech contest on February 25th. Two of them, Grayce Hanke (daughter of Jesley and Chad Hanke of Mapleton) and Annamarie Mallory (daughter of Bethany and Ted Mallory of Charter Oak) earned trips to the state individual speech competition. Along with Mallory and Hanke, MVAOCOU was represented at Districts by Patience Windsor who competed in Original Oratory and Madison Behrens who competed in Prose Reading. The ladies both received a 2 rating.
Annamarie stated that, prior to this year, she had participated in individual speech in Improv. The senior had attended State in Improv but decided to change the categories in which she competed.
"Every year I have been doing Improv, but this year I decided to try Original Oratory and Radio News Broadcasting," said Mallory. "I decided to do original oratory this year after writing so many essays for college scholarships. Original oratory is an original speech that is meant to be inspiring, which I felt would be easy to get from some of my essays I had to write about facing adversity. I decided to give Radio News Broadcasting this year because of our success in group Radio Broadcasting, after helping out a bit in the RamCast this year, and seeing some of the success that Cadence had with it. I am super excited with the new things I have a tried and the outcome I have seen!"
Grayce credits the speech director, Stephanie Petersen with getting her toes wet in the speech pool.
"I wasn't planning on doing individual speech my freshman year, but Ms. Petersen told me to try Improv because she thought I would be good at it. Well, she was right," exclaimed Hanke, currently a junior. "I have made it to State every year for Improv but just fall short from that judge recommendation (to be named to All-State). I'm excited I made it to state again and I hope this year is the year I make it to All-State!"
The ladies participated in the state competition this past weekend. Mallory received two 1s and a 2 rating with an overall 1 rating in Radio Broadcasting and three 1s in Original Oratory which gives her a chance to be named to the All-State team. Hanke earned two 1s and a 2 rating in Improv. All three entries received overall 1 ratings.
Congratulations to all four participants for your bravery to use your art of speech in the speech contest, and a special congratulations to Annamarie and Grayce for your success at State.