Vermillion High School students with a flair for the dramatic have been showcasing their skills and winning awards as members of the VHS oral interpretation team.
Starting in September, 18 students began selected favorite literary pieces and practicing their oral presentations under the director of head coach Mary Begley and assistant coach Joe Geis.
The team traveled to three competitions in October, four in November and concluded with the Runner-Up and South Dakota High School Activity Association’s State Festival in December.
VHS won team trophies in the A division from the State Festival, region tournament, and the Washington Warrior Invitational.
Top scoring members include Katie Zimmerman, who won a superior medal at the State Festival in both the humorous and poetry divisions, and brought home a total of four first place awards in tournaments leading up to State.
The duet team of Savannah Kirsch and Natalie Swanson earned state superior medals and captured first place in three tournaments during the season.
Kirsch also won awards for her solo dramatic performance, including a State superior and one first place at the Lewis and Clark tournament.
The reader’s theatre group comprised of Erika Moen, Dustin Fischer, Rob McFall, Owen Mechling, Genevieve Carey and Wyatt Hansen brought home a State superior and captured first at the Brookings Invitational.
Two members of the reader’s theatre ensemble, Hansen and Fischer, also earned first-place awards in individual events at contests in October and November.
Other VHS team members who captured first place finishes during the season include Jacob Ford, Morgan Fuller and Austin Olson.