The DHS Varsity speech team received 19 overall Division I ratings out of 21 events entered in the Northeast State Large Group Speech Contest hosted by Dubuque Senior High School over the weekend.

The DHS 9th team received two Division I Ratings out of four events entered.

The varsity students are coached by Thomas Houdek, Molly Holkesvik, Janelle Keune, and Gabe twedt. The 9th grade students are coached by junior and senior speech students.

Approximately 150 Decorah High School students participated in the event.

Those groups selected by the judges as outstanding material will perform at the all-state speech festival Feb. 16, at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Those results will be posted on the IHSSA website found at ihssa.org late Monday afternoon.

"As directors, we couldn't be more proud of our students and the way they represented Decorah High School on Saturday," the varsity coaches said. "With the weather issues, missing school and practices and sickness floating around the team, we were very impressed with how they stepped up to the challenge and presented top-notch performances. Not only did the varsity team earn 19 overall "I" ratings, but 18 of those were "I" ratings across the board from all judges. We are very lucky here in Decorah to be working with such great students both in the classroom and on the stage. We also want to take the time to thank the great parent, family and community support all season long and especially those that made the trip to Dubuque to support the team. Every performance room Saturday was packed with a large Decorah crowd."

DHS Varsity speech groups receiving Division I Ratings included readers theatre, choral reading, one-act play, two group improvisations, two group mimes, one solo mime, three musical theatres, three ensemble actings, two radio broadcastings, two short films and television news. Cast lists for those groups are as follows:

Readers Theater directed by Gabe Twedt: "Once a Pawn a Time" -- Gabrielle Cowie, Emma Dambek, Oran Deen-Lester, McKinley Eide, Jakob Frueh, Carli Galligan, Madison Grimm, Rita Marie Guzman, Kylie Kozelka, Taylor Lane, Kelly Minear, Daniel Rinaldelli, Dylan Stoddard Henning, Katie Whitehill and Kinsey Whitehill.

Choral Reading directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt: "Untamed Chickens" -- Kirsten Arneson, Randi-Kate Canoy, Reese Drenth, McKinley Eide, Dailen Folkedahl, Alice Gullekson, Morgan Ihde, Kiersten Jensen, Kendra Larsen, Emily Markee, Maria Mertzenich, Hannah Hougen, Lukas Phillips, Anna Swanson, Lindsay Vande Lune.

One-Act Play directed by Thomas Houdek, assisted by Emily Kurash: "Candid" -- Simon Cropp, Olivia Dieschbourg, Connor Gossman, Molly Hovden, Jacob Kvale, James Ostlie, Michael Peter, Bryce Pierce, Zachary Schaller, Drew Schwartz and Aidan Spencer.

Ensemble Acting directed by Janelle Keune: "Wit" -- Charles Baldwin, Micheal Foster, Connor Freeman, Lydia Hayes, Clara Kittelson and Shelby Varney.

Ensemble Acting directed by Janelle Keune: "Rabbit Hole" -- Claire Breitenstein, Simon Cropp, Paul Fadness, Noreen Gentry and Christa Nelson.

Ensemble Acting directed by Janelle Keune: "Almost, Maine" -- Mitchell Burggraf, Erik Dale, Kayla Ingvalson, Thomas Knobbe, Anna Madrigal and Kayla Peterson.

Group Improvisation directed by Thomas Houdek: Will Yahr, Freddie Paulson, McKenzie Snyder, Samuel Iverson and Teressa Lundvedt.

Group Improvisation directed by Thomas Houdek: Anna Madrigal, Kayla Ingvalson, Linnea Kephart, Patrick Murphy and Rebbeca Alcock.

Group Mime directed by Molly Holkesvik: "Marionette Magic" -- Leigh Balderrama, Alexis Hove, Madison Ihde, Anna Kane, Linnea Kephart and Tess Olinger.

Group Mime directed by Molly Holkesvik: "Help! Mime Stuck in a Storefront" -- Abby Flak, Noreen Gentry, Ashley Peterson, Shelby Stalberger and Anna Swanson.

Solo Mime directed by Molly Holkesvik: "Cheating Smarts" -- Charles Baldwin.

Musical Theater directed by Thomas Houdek: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" -- Steven Holkesvik, Bretta Krieg, Margaret Locke, Gable Lonning, Gara Lonning and Brad Suhr.

Musical Theater directed by Thomas Houdek: "Fiddler on the Roof" -- Lucas Blekeberg, Aubrey Ellickson, Hannah Leeper, Timothy Misseldine, Kayla Peterson and Aidan Spencer.

Musical Theater directed by Thomas Houdek: "Les Miserables" -- Connor Gossman, Jacob Kvale, James Ostlie, Michael Peter and Drew Schwartz.

Radio Broadcasting directed by Gabe Twedt: "TRUE" -- Gabriela Diefelt Streese, Emily Gomersall, Hans Holkesvik, Dalton Matt, McKinleigh McCabe, Maria Mertzenich, Lindsay Smith and Daiton Tietz.

Radio Broadcasting directed by Gabe Twedt: "KUFF" -- Reid Drenth, Parker Fretheim, Clare Gullekson, Jennison Jenkins, Maria McDonough and Lukas Phillips.

Short Film directed by Molly Holkesvik: "Inside His Skin" -- Tim Devore, Carli Galligan, Madison Grimm, Michelle Halse, Jenny Henry, Hannah Hougen, Molly Hovden, Jennison Jenkins, Tyler Lubke, Cera Olson, Hannah Rooney and Paul Sullivan.

Short Film directed by Molly Holkesvik: "Silent Symphony" -- Lucas Alonso, Sara-Isabell Bibiza, Mitchell Burggraf, Annalise Johnson, Noah Klammer, Adam Knight, Kylie Kozelka, Crystal Mensen, Dustin Miller, Forde Nesteby, Alison Schwartzhoff, Chris Wiesler and Ian Wold.

Television News directed by Molly Holkesvik: "KIRK" -- Lucas Alonso, Sara-Isabell Bibiza, Claire Breitenstein, Emma Dambek, Lydia Dawley, Tim DeVore, Micheal Foster, Connor Freeman, Parker Fretheim, Alice Gullekson, Clare Gullekson, Brenna Herrmann, Steven Holkesvik, Maria Hoyme, Kassie Hoyme, Madison Ihde, Morgan Ihde, Annalise Johnson, Adam Knight, Maria McDonough, Mary Murphy, Forde Nesteby, Ashley Peterson, Bryce Pierce, Zachary Schaller, Lindsay Smith and Ian Wold.

DHS Varsity speech groups also competing included one group improvisation and one group mime. Cast lists for those groups are as follows:

Group Improvisation directed by Thomas Houdek: Alexis Hove, Anna Kane, Caleb Kvale, Shelby Stalberger and Tess Olinger.

Group Mime directed by Molly Holkesvik: "The Power of One" -- Erik Dale, Jennifer Henry, Teressa Lundvedt and Johanne Jacobsen Standal.

DHS 9th speech groups receiving Division I Ratings included one ensemble acting and one short film. Cast lists for those groups are as follows:

Ensemble Acting directed by Kiersten Jensen and Randi-Kate Canoy: "The Learned Ladies" -- Linnea Carlson, Naomi Davidson, Annika Krieg, Annika Wahlberg.

Short Film directed by Paul Sullivan and Noah Klammer: "The Masquerade" -- Sofiya Andrusishin, Garret Baumler, Ben Dugger, Chloe Gossling, Madison Hoyme, Hannah Klotzbach, Andrew Larson, Katelyn Perez, Andrew Sullivan, Emma Sweet, Gabriel Varney, Miles Wilkie.

DHS 9th speech groups also competing included one ensemble acting and one group mime. Cast lists for those groups are as follows:

Ensemble Acting directed by Shelby Varney and Clara Kittelson: "Speed Date" -- Garret Baumler, Cassandra Bjerke, Bryce Hosting, Andrew Larson, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Kallie Solberg.

Group Mime directed by Maleah Garwood and Leigh Balderrama: "Battle at the Arcade" -- Shelby Bollman, Jonathan Drow, Madison Hoyme, John Will Jenkins, Maria Maguina, Andrew Sullivan.