Group Mime Makes it to Speech All-State

Group Mime qualifies for All-State with their act “Fast Food Fiasco.”


Kate Meis

Greta Boerner ’24 and Ash Bozarth ’25 performing their mime act at the Speech Home Show in January.

Sadie Bodzin, Editor

Standing in front of a panel of judges at the State Speech Competition in Cedar Rapids, a group of four City High mimes begin their act. While Hazel Boerner ‘26 and Eleanor Decker ’25 tend to customers, Ash Bozarth ‘25 is planning to pop the question to Greta Boerner ‘24 in the middle of a chain restaurant. 

Group Mime is one of the various speech categories offered at City High. It is described as a performance without costumes or props, like most other speech categories, but using body language and facial expressions instead of words.

“It’s using your body and facial expressions to tell a story,” Hazel said. “So you have to really use your facial expressions.”

While the group impressed judges at both the District and State competitions and qualified for All-State, some preparations proved difficult.

“We did not have an actual, solid run through of events one day before the competition,” Bozarth said. “So we were really really discombobulated.”

The group made it to State after getting a score of one overall at a District Competition. After performing at State they received the news that two judges nominated them for All-State which allows them to perform at Iowa State University this Saturday, February 18th.