Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley-Ocheyedan High School junior has been honored with an All-State Banner for her Solo Mime performance at the All-State Speech Festival, held Saturday on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
17-year old Alecia Martinez was one of 25 students from across the state of Iowa who competed in the Solo Mime event. And, unlike athletic competition, speech students are not separated by school size, with all students competing in one group. Martinez was nominated for All-State by the judges who rated her performance at State Contest earlier this school year. Her performance was entitled “Sunny Side Up”, and dealt with the topic of domestic violence. Martinez was, reportedly, one of only a few of the students who chose a serious topic for their performance. This school year marks Alecia’s first attempt at Solo Mime.
In addition to a plaque, Martinez was awarded custody of an All State Banner, which will hang in the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School for one year, before she returns in to All-State next year. This is the first time an All-State Banner has been awarded to Sibley-Ocheyedan since 1981.
Alecia is the daughter of Frank and Darcy Martinez of Sibley.