Mustang speech on their way to state

On Saturday, Jan. 22, the PCM Mustang Large Group Speech team dominated the competition at the district speech contest as they performed for the first time this season. The team put in a great amount of work to ensure that all their entries were up to par. With a few of the team members Chris VerHeul (short film), Max Kimball (Improv.) and Jake Winters (Improv.), out, the team still managed to pull through and get the job done. 

Trey Voeller, who participated in Ensemble: “Wine and Marriage”, along with Jaiden Eisbrenner shared insight about how the idea for the entry was created. 

“Jaiden wrote the script, it’s called “Wine and Marriage” and it’s about a couple who are getting divorced. It’s pretty much the last argument before they decide to break up,” said Voeller.

The two received a division I rank, which means that their piece will be moving on to the state competition coming up. 

“She crushes it every time; I think I have a few things to work on but nothing major,” explains Voeller. “The judge said he really liked the personalities that were put into our characters so I am really excited to see how it goes.”

Another one of the entries, Choral Reading: “Our Stories” performed by Ashlyn Alleger, Dillon Jenkins, Cate Humpal and Jordan VanderWerth also received a division 1 ranking. 

“Our choral reading piece is about mental health, we sent out a survey and made a script out of the stories shared from the students at PCM. Its purpose is to spread awareness about mental health as well as show stories of success,” says Alleger. “I’m really excited for state; I can’t wait to see our school as well as other schools perform. We’ve improved some things from our first script and I think we will do really well.”

Not only will those two entries be moving on to the state competition but three other teams including Short Film: “Memories of a Life,” Group Improv: Team Kinley and Musical Theatre: “I Know It’s Today” will also be making their way to Cedar Rapids on Feb. 5. 

Janice Davis, one of the coaches of the PCM speech team talked about her excitement for state speech. 

“Brooke Grett [speech coach] and I are so proud of each and every student who took the time to practice their entry and performed today. These skills they are building will benefit them far into the future as they grow and become contributing adults in the world,” Davis said.

Be sure to stay tuned to see the results of their state contest in the upcoming week and cheer them on.