Keota Speech goes from frightful to jolly

With a little Christmas magic, the Keota Speech Team is transforming themselves from the Boo Crew to Santa’s Elves and gearing up for their next big event.

After coming off of a successful Haunted Barn event, the Keota Speech Team is hosting their Annual Soup Supper on Saturday, December 2nd from 4:30 to 7:30 at Lagos Acres in conjunction with the Holiday Market and Tour of Homes. This has been a popular event with the community for several years. Besides the wonderful soups, pies by Janet Stutsman, and hot wassail; the Country Club is filled with beautiful Christmas trees. This year, there are nine local businesses, groups, and individuals who have volunteered to decorate a tree including Vittetoe, Inc.; Laura Bombei at Wolf Floral; Jenni Hobbs and her science classes; several of Mary Miller’s elementary art classes; Shannon Greiner; Traci Waterhouse; Michelle McDonald and Jenni Swanson;  Rod and Julie Hill; and Cherie Westendorf. There will even be a hot chocolate bar sponsored by MidwestOne Bank.

Several local and out-of-state patrons of the Speech Team have also volunteered to make soups for the event. Jill McNurlen, Darrin Hoffman, Colleen Sieren, Paula Greiner, and Cindy Menke have all volunteered to put their culinary skills to the test.

“We are grateful to have so many community members participating to make this event so successful for the speech students. It is a blessing to be able to work with the Eagle Advocates to make December 2nd a day-long community event with the Holiday Market in the morning and the Tour of Homes in the afternoon. It is truly a team effort,” comments one Speech Booster member.

The Keota Speech Team has transformed themselves into an iconic tradition in the community. With over 45 years of successful performances, the Speech Team is a definite highlight for the 45 students participating this year.  Coach Gina Bennett comments, “The Keota Speech team has enjoyed many talented and hardworking students over 45+ years and this year is no exception.  Mr. Bill Hultman laid the groundwork for the Keota speech teams.  Michael and I were lucky to be a part of Mr. Hultman’s teams who set high standards.  We believe with the students we have out for speech this year, they will be reaching for the stars.  The senior leadership will help to push and encourage the underclassmen as they understand the tradition behind Keota speech.  Michael and I could not be more excited to pick up where we left off last year with the expectation of hard work, dedication, determination; all the while having fun."

The fun and games continue after the Soup Supper. The Speech Team will be working hard at rehearsals before and after school for the next several weeks.  They can be seen carrying on the iconic tradition at their Home Presentations on January 17, 2018.