Speech Team Grades 10-12 Blog

Speech Awards Tuesday May 15th at 8 PM

Hello, Speech & Theatre Fam! 

Our Speech & Theatre Awards Night is just one week away!  First you will eat ice cream with friends beginning at 8 PM.  Starting at 8:30 we’ll revisit each milestone event of our performance year, recognize those with involvement in many activities, honor our letter earners, receive LG All State medals, and bid farewell to our seniors.  You’ll also learn of upcoming events including NEXT SEASON’s SHOWS!

We are prepping for our Speech & Theatre Awards Night and need some help from you….

  • Let us know by responding to link if you are coming so we can plan for treats: RSVP
  • Seniors – We would like to honor YOU. Help us fill in the details in this link: Senior Spotlight Info
  • Last year we created a way for you to honor those in our department who you feel is leaving a lasting legacy with the Abby Nelson Legacy Award. (read criteria below)

Abby Nelson was a 2011 Waukee graduate who had been a most dedicated member of the WHS Speech & Theatre Department.  She was very involved in speech activities and theatre for her four years here and is pictured several times on the speech wall of fame. Mr. Kischer remembers Abby saying he made her dreams come true when she was cast in a leading role for Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. 

Abby Nelson was dedicated to speech and theatre activities and everyone knew it. She had a constant smile and was one who loved a challenge and doing the impossible. She published a book while in middle school. She worked hard and with limits that others didn’t understand. She drove us coaches a little crazy with her constant requests for feedback so she could improve whatever piece she was working on.  There was nothing she’d be told she couldn’t do.  It was as if Abby lived a whole life every day.  And she was great.

After graduating, Abby became an IHSSA judge to give back to the organization she loved.  As she attended ISU to become an English teacher, she volunteered as a speech coach for East High School and then Johnston High School after graduation.  In 2016, Ms. Nelson was her first year of teaching at Indianola Middle School when her life came to an early end.

Her memory is honored here. Abby encouraged others to find their place on stage.  Her positive attitude, giving spirit, and love of speech & theatre are her legacy.  We would like to honor current students in our department who embody Abby’s positive attitude, leadership, and willingness to serve others.  Who have you have seen embody positivity, leadership, and passion for speech/theatre activities? Who had a smile no matter what?  Who should be honored as our Abby Nelson Legacy Award recipient?

Letters of Nomination for the Abby Nelson are due to jpleggenkuhle@waukeeschools.org by Sunday May 13th.

IF you cannot attend Awards Night, see Mrs. P. AFTER TUESDAY for your awards or All State medals. 

Head Coach for Large Group & Individual Events Grades 10-12

Jacki Pleggenkuhle