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      Cardinal High School students succeed at state speech competition

      Public speaking -- it??s something that frightens many of us.

      However, for a group of confident Cardinal High School students public speaking is their passion.

      Just this weekend sophomore Logan Rachford and freshman Alyssa Harrington performed in Vinton-Shellsburg at the state speech competition.

      Rachford performed improve giving an entertaining performance that wowed the judges. He was given a perfect score.

      ??I went in and did some improv where you get three characters and then two choices of your character of your setting and you get three minutes to think about it and then you get to decide and you get five minutes to perform,?? said Rachford.

      And for Harrington, being a freshman at state in the speech competition is something not many freshmen get to do.

      ??I come up with a speech where I was an old person talking to a group of old people complaining about how us old people get treated,?? said Harrington.

      And for the two speech teachers at Cardinal High School, this was a very proud moment for them seeing their students succeed.

      ??Oh it takes a huge amount of confidence and it takes a lot of guts just to be able to do this because public speaking is one of the things people fear the most and these kids are learning the skill -- that they learn to speak out in front of people is invaluable,?? said Leah Hallgren, speech teacher.

      Hallgren said because Cardinal is a smaller school district than some others, this is an even bigger deal.

      She said she hopes more students will join the program.