2019 Speech/Drama Awards and Thespian Induction ceremony

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Parents, students and staff are invited to attend the 2019 Speech/Drama Awards and Thespian Induction ceremony May 22nd at 7pm in the Fine Arts Center.

Students involved in 6-12 drama activities will be honored and awards will be handed out. The following students will also be inducted as members of the Thespian Troupe:

JH- Rose Benda, Katelyn Frey, Gabriela Garcia, Kole Heins, Jesus Hernandez, Sayda Hernandez, Raven Hoppe, Sam Jacobs, Haylie Jones, Jacob Kirkestue, William Linderbaum, Katya Lopez, Tania Marroquin, Claire Martins, Harlie Miller, Chloe Moeller, Hannah Nielsen, Jayden Rankin, Audrey Ruff and Lindsay Weller.

HS- Leah Bean, Hayden Pearce, Taylor Rankin, Tracer Rankin, Monica Santoyo, Hailey Shipp, Brayan Silva and Drew Wedo.

Two community members will also be recognized for their contributions as Honorary Thespians.

Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Please join us as we celebrate another great year of Pirate Theatre!

Sports Teams & Speech Receive Distinguished Academic Award!

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The Postville girls basketball team received the Distinguished Academic Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

The boys basketball team, wrestling cheerleaders, large group speech students, and the individual speech students received the Excellence Award.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has a recognition program for academic achievement by teams and cheerleading squads. They recognize those teams/squads which collectively have excelled in the classroom.

There are two awards: (1) Excellence in Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.00-3.24. (2) Distinguished Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.25-4.00.

Awarded schools will receive a certificate for each team/squad recognized. Each team/squad member will also receive a certificate of recognition.

Alessa Lavrenko was nominated for the All-State Speech Festival

Alessa Lavrenko was nominated in two categories for the 2019 IE All-State Speech Festival. She was nominated as performer in Poetry and a non-performer in Solo-Musical Theatre.

The all-state festival will take place at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls on March 25, 2019. Opening at 8:30 am in the McLeod Center. For more information, visit the websites linked below.




(Video Included) Postville’s TV News Group Receives States Top Honor At All-State

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The Postville Pirates Speech TV News group was named Critic’s Choice at the All-State Festival. One school in the state of Iowa receives this honor for each category at the All-State Festival. For winning this category, Postville has the privilege  of displaying the TV News All-State Banner for the next year.
The TV News group consisted of Litci, Emma, Kelsey, Andrew and Brayan.
120 TV News teams were entered into District Speech competition and Postville's speech group overcame 119 other teams to achieve this honor!
This is a tremendous accomplishment for this team and Postville's school!

View The Award Winning Video

Two Postville Groups Earn Trips To The All-State Speech Festival

All State Speech Students

The two groups earning the nomination to perform at the All-State Speech Festival are:

TV News- “Daily Scoop” (Litci Marroquin, Andrew Hernandez, Kelsey Mucia, Emma Heins and Brayan Silva)

Solo Mime- “Love...Delayed” (Brayan Silva)

It is an incredible honor to be selected to perform at All-State.  Out of the entire state of Iowa, twenty out of 120 Solo Mime performances at state are selected to perform at All-State! The TV News group was one of the twelve selected out of 120 groups performing at state.

Postville's TV News group is also the first in our school’s history to receive an All-State nomination in this category!

The All-State Festival is on February 16th at the  Iowa State Center in Ames.

District Large Group Speech Contest Event Day Information (Now on Wed., Jan. 23)

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Postville hosts the District Large Group Speech Contest.

(Any weather related announcements will be made through the contest's website)

Participants and Guests are encouraged to use this website for all information on this contest. This includes:

Students Competed at State Thespian Festival

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On Friday, November 9, Thespian Troupe 417 traveled to UNI for the State Thespian Festival and entered four performances in to competition.

-Abram Miller, Drew Wedo, Daisy Shipp, Olivia Lansing, Kimberly Mucia, Emily Navarrao, Emilie Meyer and Violet Shipp performed in Group Acting. They received several positive comments.

-Hailey Shipp, Wilson Perez, Khiaya Burns and Aleesa Lavrenko placed third in Group Acting

- Hilary De La Rosa and Veronica Santoyo received an overall "Excellent" rating in Duet Acting

- Brayan Silva, Kelsey Mucia, Aleesa Lavrenko, Emma Heins, Katherine Munoz, Justin Hileman, Jennifer Bernal, Andrew Hernandez, Marcy Ixen, Khiaya Burns, Wilson Perez and Estevan Sanchez received a Silver Rating and a plaque for their Studio Theatre performance of "Almost, Maine".

-Out of competition, Andrew Hernandez was Troupe 417's representative to perform on the mainstage in Gallagher-Bluedorn for the All-State Cabaret. Andrew had to learn three songs before getting to festival and then spent Friday and Saturday afternoon in rehearsals learning choreography.

All performers have been rehearsing since September and their hard work payed off!

Students then spent the day on Saturday attending theatre workshops, learning skills in dance, singing, stage management, scenic design, lighting and more.

High School Thespians to Perform at State Festival

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On Friday, November 9th, 29 members of Postville's Thespian Troupe 417 will travel to UNI for the State Thespian Festival. Over the course of this two-day event, students will get to attend educational workshops, watch several performances and meet with college representatives.

Troupe 417 is also entering four acting pieces into competition: Hilary De La Rosa and Veronica Santoyo will be performing a scene from "30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play" in Duet Acting; Aleesa Lavrenko, Hailey Shipp, Wilson Perez and Khiaya Burns will be performing "Double Wedding" in Group Acting; Drew Wedo, Abram Miller, Daisy Shipp, Violet Shipp, Olivia Lansing, Kimberly Mucia, Emilie Meyer and Emily Navarro will be performing a scene from "Any Body for Tea?" in Group Acting; Brayan Silva, Kelsey Mucia, Emma Heins, Aleesa Lavrenko, Justin Hileman, Katherine Munoz, Sapphire Miller, Marcy Ixen, Andrew Hernandez and Jennifer Bernal will be performing a one-act version of "Almost, Maine" in Studio Theatre. Litci Marroquin, Estevan Sanchez, Logan Shipp, Madyson Jones, Fatima Henriquez and Autumn Sebastian will be on stage crew for the Studio Theatre.

Students presenting in Duet Acting and Group Acting will try to earn First Place honors so they can advance to the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska in June. The Studio Theatre group is trying to earn a high enough score from judges to be named "Chapter Select" and also advance to ITF.

New this year to festival, every troupe is able to select one member to perform in the "All-State Cabaret" on the mainstage in Gallagher Bluedorn. This year, Troupe 417 has selected Andrew Hernandez. He will be performing in three musical numbers from "Wicked", "Smash" and "Next to Normal".

Troupe 417 is very proud and excited to be representing Postville at this prestigious event.

Volunteer to Help Postville Host the District Speech Contest

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Postville is hosting District Speech contest on Saturday, January 19th, 2019.  (Contest will run from 8am-5pm)  This is great opportunity to show off our Pirate Pride and we can't do this without your help!  Also, you get to spend a day watching awesome performances!

We are anticipating 20 schools coming to contest, which means we will have several hundred students, parents and spectators visiting our buildings!  As such, we need and greatly appreciate volunteers to help work at contest!

We will need time keepers, people to introduce contestants, hallway monitors, admissions, office workers, help with food, help unloading sets/props in the FAC,  and so on.

To give you an idea of how many volunteers will be needed:  If we have ten performing rooms, 2 workers per room, with workers covering a half day, that's 40 volunteers alone!  That's not counting the other jobs we need to cover!

We really do need your help to make this event successful, not only for our own students, but students from all over NE Iowa.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Derek Friederich or call the school at 563-864-7651.

Eat Grilled Ribs To Support Thespian Troupe 417

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On Thursday, July 5th, Thespian Troupe 417 will be hosting our second (and final!) Ribfest of the summer, in the Quillin's parking lot! Whole racks of fresh, grilled ribs will be for sale for $10 each.

Or, buy them uncooked and grill for yourself this summer. All racks come vacuum sealed and are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is throw them on the grill, heat through and enjoy!

Thespians will also be selling: soda, water, monster cookies, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats and chips.

All proceeds go to support troupe activities and honors for 2018-19.