FCHS All-State Speech students

Brianna Carlson, Micaiah Krutsinger, Liv Sarasio Meyer and Sarah Hovinga were selected to participate in the All-State Speech competition on Monday, March 25 at the University of Northern Iowa.

FOREST CITY | Forest City High School speech team had four students chosen for All-State Individual Speech.

Those chosen were Sarah Hovinga, Brianna Carlson, Micaiah Krutsinger and Olivia Sarasio-Meyer have achieved the highest honor possible for speech students. The four students, along with their coaches, Scott Bertelsen, Josh Sparrgrove, Dan May, Ian Bartelt and Lynnea Fredrickson-Smith, traveled to UNI on March, 25 to participate in the All-State festival.

Sarah Hovinga, a senior, was nominated for her Solo Musical Theatre piece “Higher” from the musical Allegiance. Sarah said she chose this piece because, “It’s a beautiful story of empowerment and bravery.”

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Brianna Carlson, a senior, was nominated for After Dinner Speaking. She used her own experiences as an EMT student for inspiration. She said, “My favorite part of speech is working with my coaches and the thrill of pulling things together at the last second.”

Micaiah Krutsinger, a junior, was also nominated for Solo Musical Theatre. His song, “I Really, Really Love You,” is sung by a young man who just had his heart broken by the woman he loves. He said he chose this song because, “It involves a lot of energy and has many highs and lows throughout the song.” He shared that his favorite part of speech was meeting other speech students and making long-lasting friendships.

Olivia Sarasio-Meyer, a junior, was nominated for Expository Address. In her piece, she shares the importance of the world’s best kitchen appliance - the toaster. She demonstrates how even though something seems mundane, it has great potential hiding under the surface. Her favorite thing about speech is “the variety of topics and things you can discuss in speech. You can do such a wide array of things with speech. In what other club could I give a speech about a toaster?”

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