Iowa High School Speech Association

Wahlert Catholic High School is a proud member of the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA). 2016 marked the first year Wahlert Catholic competed in the Individual Event Spreech Contests. Participation in IHSSA is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in acting, singing, dancing, improvisation and oratorical skills.

About The IHSSA

The IHSSA consists of high schools from four districts in Iowa. Wahlert Catholic participates in the Northeast District of Iowa. The IHSSA hosts competition in Large Group and Individual Events. At the district contest, students must receive a Division I Rating to move on to State competition. At the State competition, students must earn a Division I Rating AND receive nominations from judges to move on to All-State.

2017/2018 IHSSA Dates Coming Soon!

Large Group Events

EventDescriptionLengthOther Info
Choral ReadingA group of 2 to 15 students perform a collection of works with an emphasis on ensemble reading (may include singing). Facial expression and vocal blend are important.Up to 15 minutesWith Scripts
Ensemble ActingTwo to six students act out a scene from a play or book. A table and chairs are the only props allowed, and no costumes or makeup are permitted.Up to 15 minutesMemorized
Group Improvisation Two to five students are given a situation and improvise a scene with limited preparation time. Creativity, working together, and character development are essential.Between 3 and 5 minutesWithout Scripts
Musical Theatre Two to six students perform song(s) and scene(s) from a musical. A table and chairs are the only props allowed, and no costumes or makeup is permitted.Up to 10 minutesMemorized
One Act Play A group of two or more students perform one act of a play on the stage. Costumes, makeup, props and sets are permitted.Up to 35 minutesMemorized
Radio Broadcasting A group of up to 8 students gather, edit, and organize a radio broadcast which includes news, sports, and weather. The performance is pre-recordedBetween 5 and 6 minutesWith Scripts
Readers Theatre A group of between 2 and 15 interpret a dramatic work or piece of literature with an emphasis on body and vocal expression.Up to 25 minutesWith Scripts
Short Film A group of between 2 and 15 students create an original film.Up to 5 minutesMemorized
Television NewsA group of 8 to 12 students gather, edit, and organize a news broadcast which includes news, sports, and weather. The performance is pre-recorded and requires on and off camera positions.Between 12 and 15 minutesWith Scripts

Individual Events

EventDescriptionLengthOther Info
ActingA student acts out a monologue from a play, serious or humorous. Only a single chair may be used.Up to 8 minutesMemorized
After Dinner SpeakingA student writes and delivers a humorous speech intended for a particular audience.Up to 5 minutesMemorized with notes not to exceed 50 words on a notecard
Expository AddressA student writes and delivers an informative speech on a topic of interest.Up to 6 minutesMemorized with notes not to exceed 50 words on a notecard
Improvisational ActingA student draws characters and a situation and acts out a scene with limited preparation.Up to 5 minutesImagination needed
Literary ProgramA combination of prose and poetry is presented on a theme. Facial and vocal expression are key.Up to 10 minutesWith Script
Original Oratory A student writes and delivers a persuasive speech on a topic of interest. A lectern may be used.Up to 8 minutesMemorized with notes not to exceed 50 words on a notecard
Poetry/Prose A student interprets works of either poetry or prose. Interpretion and expression are essential.Up to 6 minutesWith Script
Public Address A student selects a speech originally delivered by another, communicating the intent of the author.Up to 8 minutesMemorized with notes not to exceed 50 words on a notecard
Radio NewsA student prepares a news program with given news copy in 30 minutes. A speaker system is used with the audience located in another room.Between 4 and 5 minutesWith Script
Review A student writes and delivers a critical analysis of a book, movie, video game, or any other media.Up to 8 minutesMemorized with notes not to exceed 50 words on a notecard
Solo Musical TheatreA student performs one song from a musical using recorded music. A single chair may be used.Up to 5 minutesMemorized
Spontaneous A student draws a contemporary issue topic to speak about with 3 minutes of preparation. Research is important in this category.Up to 5 minutes
Storytelling A student tells a children's story with facial and body expression. A stool may be used.Up to 5 minutesMemorized