MHS advances four to state individual speech


The four Marshalltown High School students pictured have advanced to the state individual speech competition. From left, are Keyara McDowell, Megan Emerson, Libby Crawford and Elliot Weidenaar. The state contest is March 14 at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.

Marshalltown High School has advanced four students in five total events to the state individual speech competition after a successful day last Saturday at the district contest.

MHS students who received Division I ratings at districts and have advanced to state include Libby Crawford in solo musical theater, Elliot Weidenaar in literature program, Keyara McDowell in poetry and Megan Emerson, advancing in both acting and poetry.

The IHSSA District Individual Speech Competition was held at Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton on Feb. 28.

Three other MHS entries received Division II ratings and very positive comments from the judges at districts including Adrian Nunez in solo improv, Maria Urbina in storytelling and Keyara McDowell in acting.

“These kids have worked very hard this year and will continue to build their public speaking skills,” said MHS speech coach Brianna Yates. “Congratulations to all of these wonderful kids and best of luck to those advancing to state.”

The state competition will be March 14 at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.