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SCHOOL and SI:"gRTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, March 1, 2012 HIGH SCHOOL LARGE GROUP SPEECH STUDENTS EARN ALL-STATE STATUS Pictured, left to right, Row 1: Margo Murillo, Jordan Pomeroy;Row 2: Sam Bergan, Jordan Ford and Michael Bockholt. Photo submitted. By Margo Murillo Out of nine acting groups that attended the Iowa High School Speech Association state contest, one improvisation group was awarded the association's highest honor, which is All-State Status. In order to achieve this distinction, two out of the three judges had to nominate the group for "outstanding perfor- mances" of all the entries they judged that day. All the outstanding perfor- mances are then awarded special recognition at the All State Festival. This year the students attended the festival Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Iowa State Uni- versity campus in Ames. The improvisational act- ing group's members in- cluded Jordan Ford, Jor- dan Pomero Sam Bergan and Michael Bockholt. This was the second time Bockholt and Bergan were awarded this honor. They both received it in 2010 for the radio broadcasting cat- egory. In the improvisation category, the group of stu- dents draws three situa- tions and then gets only two minutes of planning time to decide how they will develop a five minute scene. A good scene has consistent and distinct characters, has a definite beginning, middle and end, and a creative plot structure. For the district contest in January, the group performed the situ- ation "Teaching fire to cavemen for the first time" and for the state competi- tion they performed "Sneaking up in th lunch line." Both of those perfor- mances earned them Divi- sion I ratings from all judges. The group has had an excellent season of high caliber practices which has led them to this presti- gious award. The Norwalk Middle School 7th and 8th grade vocal music students recently com- peted in a solo and ensemble contest Tuesday, Feb. 14. There were five division I+ ratings, ten division I ratings and nineteen division II ratings. The 8th grade girls quartet received the outstanding large ensemble award. Outstanding soloist was Layne Lequatte. Congratulations to all that performed. Lori Nielsen and Gerard Krupke are the choir directors and Jenny Schaff and Cheri Hoyt accompanied the singers. Photo submitted. Norwalk Middle School Show Choir Wins at Indianola Show Choir Encounter Contest Congratulations to the Norwalk Middle School, "Sound Sensation" show choir for bringing home a 3rd place trophy competing in open class and winning 1st place in the 3A middle school class Frida) Feb. 17 from the Indianola Encounter Show Choir contest. This fifty-one member group scored high in tone quality, musician- ship and rhythm. Judges mentioned that the ballad, "Child of Tomorrow," showed great examples of wonderful, quality three-part singing. Dance movements were sharp and precise giving the choir a high rating. Judges complimented the group on song choices and the pace of the show. Chore- ographers were Kes Smith and Evan Reynolds. Lori Nielsen, the director, has been very pleased with the energy and hard work displayed during rehearsals and in competition. Cheri Hoyt accompanied the group playing the piano along with Rachel Crady on drums. Many thanks go to the parents that chaperoned the trip, helping with hair, makeup and last minute details. We had a huge Norwalk fan club with most parents attending the performance. We also appreciated the high school show choir cheering the middle schooi on. Sound Sensation's last performance for the sea- son will be Saturday, March 31 in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Reading Reading is the fundamental skill for all learning and elementary school is where childrenjump on the reading superhighway. In just a few short years, most children go from singing the ABC song to mastering books. To help your children become skilled readers, try these suggestions: Read to them. Reading to your children is the single most important thing you can do to help children develop a love Of books and reading. While bedtime is tradi- tionally story time, do not limit yourself. Keep books in your car, in your bag, by the sofa and even by the bathtub. That way, reading can easily be made part of the day. Also, keep books on low shelves, on the floor, in toy chests, or anywhere else your children can reach them. Have plenty of material. Books are not the only thing children can read. Posters, maps, magazines, recipes and newspapers are great reading material. Computer games that emphasize reading skills may also be useful for your school-age children. Listen to them read. From the day your child begins sounding out letters, con- centrate onh0w they are doing. Try to include some "read aloud" time--where they are reading to you--in your everyday routine. You can offer them praise and catch Concluded p.9