Maddison Jansen (right), Lynnville-Sully High School senior, listens to comments from Steve Taft, a guest critic from the University of Northern Iowa's Department of Theatre, with L-S Speech Coach Melinda Hardin in the background. Jansen was selected to perform at the 34th Annula IHSSA All-State Speech Festival for individual events held Mar. 26.

Getting a top score at an Iowa High School Speech Association state contest is pretty remarkable. But getting selected to perform at All State is the "cream of the crop," explained Craig Ihnen, Executive Director with IHSSA. Out of the 3,000 or so students who begin at the individual speech level, only 10 percent are qualified to perform at the All-State Festival at UNI.

Jansen's parents, Darci and Kendall Jansen of Lynnville along with her twin sister Delaney and others from the area attended the event to support Jansen.