The IHSSA Speech team students practice their public speaking skills through a variety of speaking styles. Students try out and are assigned a spot or two and then write/research/practice their performances each week before contests the end of February and first of March, with ALL STATE the end of March. Events include Public Address, Acting Solo, Musical Theatre, Interpretive Reading in Poetry, Interpretive reading in Prose, Lit program, Original Oratory, Extemp/Spontaneous, Expository, Storytelling, Improv, Reviewing, After Dinner, and Radio news.
Large Group Speech
The Iowa High School Speech Association is home to over 25,000 Iowa students and several hundred right here at Valley! Large group categories include one-act play, reader’s theatre, choral reading, short film, television news, radio news, ensemble acting, musical theatre, group improvisational acting, solo mime, and group mime.
Students audition for participation in up to two categories. Students perform for one judge at Districts. If the group receives a I rating, it moves to State competition where it is judged by three judges. Valley has a very rich history of students being chosen to perform at the All-State Festival in Ames. In addition, Valley holds the state record for the most Critic’s Choice as well as the E. Wayne Cooley Award for having the most entries at the All-State Festival. Stacy Hansen is the Large Group IHSSA Speech Director and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her in the drama room. Please join us!