Top 18 of '18 Story 2: From the trailer park airwaves to All-State

Left to right: Jaime Schulte, Aaliyah Heldman, Taylor Conrad, Anna Duwa, Addie Swanson, Mikayla Beatty, and Kendall Wilson

The small science room in Linn-Mar High School found itself crowded within minutes of the room opening for next audience group. Converted into a makeshift performance room, those waiting in the hallway found most of the chairs already occupied by their fellow Keota natives. Many had to stand, filling up the space quickly and uncomfortable in some cases. No one honestly seemed to mind too much, as excited parents and expectant friends waited for the next performing speech group to start.

            After a short wait and everyone possible crammed in, the judges were ready with their sheets and the room chaperone reminded everyone that the use of recording devices and phones were prohibited during the performance, signaling the performance to begin. All eyes were front and center, until a group of seven sophomore girls barrel into the room. As they made their way to the front, Aaliyah Heldman, Jaime Schulte and Kendall Wilson are swarmed and fussed over by their classmates Mikayla Beatty, Taylor Conrad, Anna Duwa, and Addie Swanson. Each of the girls essentially talked over one another in a southern accent as they readied themselves for their big show. The three girls took to their seats, seconds away from going “live” for their radio audience. Barely seconds in and spectators were chuckling. Finally, everything was set as three students were set in the front and the remaining four girls stood in back, facing away from the audience.

 

For the rest of this story, check out the January 2nd issue of the Keota Eagle.