Dubuque Senior High School top competitor for the Iowa High School Speech Association

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Dubuque Senior High School has more Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All State nominations than any other high school in the state.

Dubuque Senior High School's choral reading ensemble prepares to rehearse their piece "Bang Bang You're Dead" on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Twenty one teams will represent Senior at the festival in Ames on Saturday, February 17.

The school is sending performers in multiple categories, including choral reading, ensemble acting, musical theater, short film and more.

Each selected group will perform before a critic at the festival.

At the end of the day, each critic announces their favorite of the day, and that team gets to take home a banner.

Dubuque Senior student Paige Kizer says attending the festival is humbling.

"It's definitely a huge honor because you know that you made an impact on somebody and that they thought you were good enough and prepare enough to perform in front of larger audience," she said.

Kizer says this is the third year in a row she will perform at All State.

Many other schools in eastern Iowa will also attend the festival, including Cedar Rapids Washington with five nominations, Decorah with 11 and Cascade with three nominations.

For a complete list, visit

 IHSSA's website.

KCRG-TV9's Allison Wong is one of Senior's speech coaches.