On Saturday the 16th at 6:20 in the morning, forty-four tired, but enthusiastic, Gladbrook-Reinbeck students boarded a school bus on its way to district speech in Laporte City. All of these kids had been working hard for this day for months now, and that was the day their hard work paid off.
After all was said and done, nine out of the twelve are going on to state. Cody Ward,Cole Goos, Hanna Christopher, Carley Crozier, Amber Brandt, Callie Kuehl, Rachel Bown, Kelly Brockett, Brandi Yates, Kayla Fobian, Madde Wild, Amanda Grunklee, and Kayli Folkerts will be advancing in a reader's theatre piece entitled "Frumpled Fairytales." Rebecca Franksain, Alyona Strohbehn, Sadie Walton, Paide Kromas, Ashley Moore, and Erin Wentzien are going to state in a one act play of "Steel Magnolias." Cody Ward, Cole Goos, Paul Chamberlain, Cortney Crozier, Paige Kromas, Shelby Yates, Ashley Moore, Erin Wentzien, Brittany Yates, Mikayla Saak, Ashley Sieh, Brooke Beenken are going on in a choral reading called "After death." The short film, "Save the School", created by Aaron Shouse, Tyler Wrage, Joey Linder, and Braden Heithoff will also be going to state. A mime piece entitled "Sports Store After Dark" will go onto state performed by Cydney Rose, Jenny Schildroth, Emily Johnson, Moriah Hoeppner, and Jenna Hoffman.
There is also one ensemble acting piece advancing, performed by Breanna Schlichtmann and Kayla Fobian. one ensemble acting piece. There were also three different Improv groups to receive I's at districts. First was the all male group of Joey Linder, Tyler Wrage, and Braden Heithoff. Next was the comedy duo of Alyssa Christopher and Sadie Walton. Last to perform of G-R speech team was the improv group of Rebecca Franksain, Jenny Schildroth, and Alyona Strohbehn who will also be advancing onto state.
All forty-one of these students will spend the next two weeks getting ready for state. This year, Gladbrook-Reinbeck will be performing at Dubuque Senior High School on February 2nd.
The goal is to have the acts good enough to receive a rating of straight I's, but if the performance is good enough, it could be recommended for All State. Maybe this year is the year that G-R sends an act all the way!