42 DMPS Students Earn Top Marks at State Speech Contest

Forty-two students from all five comprehensive high schools in Des Moines earned superior ratings at the 2013 Iowa High School State Speech Association’s state individual speech contest held in Nevada, Iowa on March 9, 2013. 

In addition, seven of those students were selected to advance to the All-State Individual Speech Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on March 25, 2013. A total of 9,000 speech students participated in the 2013 district level contest. Out of those 9,000, only 464 students were selected for All-State competition.

Participating in All-State Speech will be Jake Biegger (East), Murphy Burke (Roosevelt – qualified in two events), Jack Chasse (Roosevelt), Fatima Fadel (East), Integrity Narcisse (Roosevelt), Cianna Rothwell (Roosevelt) and Leah Waughtal (North).

Students receiving Superior Division “I” ratings at the state contest on March 9 were:

East High School

Name Grade Event
Jake Biegger 12 Musical Theatre
Dehkontee Dassin 11 Prose
Fatima Fadel 11 Storytelling
Wren Gamble 9 Storytelling
P.J. Graham 11 Improvisation
Queen Harrison 11 Storytelling
Aaron Hosman 12 Radio News
Ben McClure 12 Musical Theatre
Amina Sahal 9 Prose
Katie Williamson 11 Original Oratory

Hoover High School

Name Grade Event
Sydney Allen 11 Musical Theatre
Madi Jones 12 Poetry
Jenny Martin 11 Musical Theatre & Poetry
Madelyn Plain 12 Storytelling
Samantha Robinson 11 Lit Program & Musical Theatre
Lejla Subasic 10 Acting & Lit Program
Jordan Wolfe 10 Poetry

Lincoln High School

Name Grade Event
Bukuru Anastazie 9 Musical Theatre
Tabitha Aplin 10 Improv & Storytelling
Kevin Johnson 12 Musical Theatre
Mat Lippold Kerns 12 Acting
Cole Rehbein 10 Acting
Sam Sides 11 Musical Theatre

North High School

Name Grade Event
Michael Colon-Ramos 10 Storytelling
Mikolina Lowe 11 Poetry
Bao Luong 11 Improvisation
Taylor McDaniel 11 Musical Theatre
Rebekah Ostermann 10 Improvisation
Leah Waughtal 11 Poetry

Roosevelt High School

Name Grade Event
Khalil Adams 12 Acting
Elise Bell Alexander 11 Acting & Original Oratory
Connor Bredbeck 11 Acting
Murphy Burke 11 Lit Program & Prose
Jack Chasse 9 Poetry
Claire Guderjahn 10 After Dinner & Storytelling
Hannah Moreland 12 Lit Program
Integrity Narcisse 11 Poetry
Madeline Palmer-Chase 12 Poetry
Cal Reed 9 Musical Theatre
Cianna Rothwell 11 Public Address
Amina Sayeed 11 Prose
Emily Stavneak 11 Acting & Lit Program

The Iowa High School Speech Association’s philosophy is to encourage and foster student participation in speech activities and subsequently human communications.