A Valley Team prepares for State Speech Finals as they practice on stage and in costume

Valley Preps for State Speech Finals

Valley High School will host about 2,000 student performers Feb. 7 as part of the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Large Group contest.

Students from roughly 100 districts in the association’s southwest region will compete at Valley. Other state contests will be held at Sioux City East, Cedar Rapids Washington, and Decorah.

The public is invited to Valley’s new auditorium to enjoy the students’ state entries, which include theatrical and media-related performances in several categories: one-act play, readers theatre, choral reading, ensemble acting, group mime, solo mime, TV news, radio news, short film, musical theatre, and group improvisational acting. Performances will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until around 5:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $3.

Valley High School Drama Boosters will offer food concessions for performers and audience members throughout the day. About 150 additional volunteers will also help with the event. More adult volunteers are needed; for more information or to sign up, email hansens@wdmcs.org.