VHS students’ acting and speaking talents earn prestigious state awards

VHS students' acting and speaking talents earn prestigious state awards When it comes time for Vermillion High School students to speak out, they do it with gusto! These show-offs and class clowns have been making a scene and winning awards.

Under the direction of Mary Begley, this year's one-act play cast and crew and oral interpretation team have proven themselves to be outstanding performers, receiving top honors in region and state competitions.

The Vermillion High School One Act Play The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, was awarded a superior rating in the 48th annual South Dakota High School Activities Association One Act Play Festival in Sioux Falls Feb. 3-5.

The winning cast and crew members are Torrie Rasmussen, Tom Pearson, Theresa Dendinger, Georgia Gray-Lobe, Nicholas Amundson, Carrie Christensen, Anna Geis, Eland Summers, Ariel Begley, Jessa Waters, Katrina Salitros, Molly Hammond, Stephanie Heer, Megan Amundson, Liz Moyer, Gabrielle Richard, Jordan Heesch, CJ Harden, Cecily Engelhart, Raleight Tiahrt, Brett Nielsen, and Ryan Eichelberg.

Regional outstanding acting awards were given to Nick Amundson and Torrie Rasmussen.

State competition acting awards were given to Torrie Rasmussen, Theresa Dendinger, Carrie Christensen, Anna Geis, Ariel Begley, Katrina Salitros, Jessa Waters, and Molly Hammond.

Oral Interp

Members of the VHS oral interpretation team have enjoyed success throughout the 2004-2005 season after competing in nine tournaments leading up to the state competition. Their humorous, educational, and dramatic storytelling skills have earned them numerous ribbons, medals, and trophies.

They had an impressive showing at the State Oral Interpretation Competition in Pierre, bringing home four superior trophies and a team award. Representing the Tanagers were: Nick Amundson and Theresa Dendinger, winning an award for their duet interpretation; Liz Moyer in the category of serious prose; Torrie Rasmussen capturing a superior in both the oratory and serious play categories; and Ariel Begley also bringing home a superior in humorous interpretation.

These students advanced to the state contest after their medal winning performances at the regional competition.

VHS brought home numerous team trophies preceding the state competition including: first place at the Sioux Falls Washington Warrior Invitational, second place at Madison's Dakota Invitational; third place at the University of Sioux Falls Cougar Classic, and third place at the regional competition.

Individual awards were earned throughout the season. Nick Amundson and Torrie Rasmussen had second and third place finishes, respectively, at the Dakota Invitational.

At the Yankton Fall Oral Interp Festival, Georgia Gray-Lobe captured first place and Ariel Begley earned second in the humorous category; Torrie Rasmussen received second in oratory; Jessa Watters and Torrie Rasmussen earned second and third place with their dramatic readings; Ariel Begley and Raleigh Tiahrt finished third and fourth with their poetry presentations; Liz Moyer placed fifth in prose; and Dan Day, Nick Amundson, Jessa Waters, and Liz Moyer received fourth in oratory, prose, and the duet categories, respectively.

Torrie Rassmussen also brought home a first place trophy from the Washington Warrior tournament and a sixth place medal from the USF Cougar Classic competition. Local contest champions earning a trip to the regional competition included Raleigh Tiahrt, Nick Amundson, Liz Moyer, Ariel Begley, Torrie Rasmussen, Theresa Dendinger, Matt Preszler, Tom Pearson and Georgia Gray-Lobe.

Oral interp team members include Raleigh Tiahrt, Nick Amundson, Liz Moyer, Ariel Begley, Torrie Rasmussen, Theresa Dendinger, Matt Preszler, Tom Pearson and Georgia Gray-Lobe, Jessa Waters, Dan Day, Amanda Zalud, Devon Finley, Clare Bucklin, Micaela Telleria, Nahuel Telleria, Monica Gutzman, Brody Stone, Megan Amundson, and Christina Wellsfry.

If you haven't had a chance to see these thespians in action, don't miss their upcoming production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on May 6, 7, and 8.

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