Off to State!
By Stella Hunzeker
Photos provided by Mrs. Robison and Angie Hunzeker
The Pawnee City One-Act team wins Districts at Palmyra on December 4. Their morning began with them leaving the school at 7:45 AM and heading to Palmyra, which is where Class C2-1 Districts were hosted. Once there, they watched a few plays, ate lunch, and began getting ready at 11:30. Pawnee City was the last school to perform, with their performance being at 2:45.
After their performance and critiques, the team waited anxiously for awards, which was around 4:15. They first announced awards for individuals on each team. Reyana Tegtmeier, Larissa Tegtmeier, Olivia Gottula, Tristen Bradbury, and Shawna Boverhuis were all given an Outstanding Performer award. Finally, it was time to reveal the runner-up and champion. In all classes, except for Class A, only the champion qualifies for State. The speaker announced Elmwood-Murdock as runner-up and Pawnee City as the winner!
Olivia Gottula told us about certain things she was working on for the performance, stating, “I was very nervous before Districts. I knew it could potentially be the last performance, and I wanted to do my best to get us to State. I really focused on my ‘cheat-outs’ and being loud. I wanted to make sure the audience could see me and hear me, especially because the stage was in a gym and it was hard to hear other people’s plays.”
Reyana Tegtmeier then expressed her thoughts about the team getting first, explaining, “I honestly thought I might cry if we got first or if we didn’t, but I actually just felt relief. I felt relief in the fact that I got the privilege to help carry the One-Act team as the lead to State, because I know I would have blamed myself if we would have lost. So honestly, once they announced ‘Dark Road’ as the winner, I could finally let out a sigh I had been holding inside all season long, and it was so great.”
Pawnee City’s One-Act team will be traveling to Norfolk Wednesday afternoon for their state performance, which is on Thursday, December 12 at 6 PM.