Cardinal students at state speech event
ELDON — Cardinal High School sophomore Logan Rachford and frehman Alyssa Harrington performed at State Individual Speech at Vinton-Shellsburg Saturday.
“Alyssa received a 2 rating and gave her best performance,” said McKenna Burke, one of the speech team coaches. “Making it to state as a freshman is a pretty big deal.”
“Logan made everyone laugh in his improv performance, and all three judges gave him the highest rating — a 1,” Burke continued. “He was one of two in his section to achieve this. Three 1’s at State is like getting a 100 percent on a test.”
Several students had performed at District Individual Speech: Harrington in acting and after-dinner speaking; Shelby Smith, freshman, in acting; Rachford in acting and improv; Sam Schmidt, sophomore in improv; Nate Steele, sophomore, in literary program; and Alyssa Davis, sophomore, in storytelling.
“This was the first time participating in speech for all of the students,” said Burke. “They did a fantastic job. ... I am so proud of them.Mrs. Hallgren and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids to work with this year.”
Burke said she and Spanish teacher Leah Hallgren are building up the speech program at Cardinal.
“Most of the student body thought that speech was just talking in front of people,” she said. “We had a pep assembly for our state performers, and the whole school got to see that speech is more than reciting; it showcases creativity. “Several middle school students have already told me that they want to do speech next year,” she added.
According to Burke, Cardinal students are encouraged to be active in the school community by participating in an activity, a sport or being a member of the audience supporting their peers.
“Our two state performers received so much support from staff and students, it makes me so proud to be a part of this school,” said Burke, “and I can’t wait for next year’s speech team.”