A four-person group of Nevada High School students, who call themselves “Bauman, et al,” was selected for Large All-State Recognition this year. Less than 3 percent of groups are selected by at least two judges to be the best of the day.


Group members are Clay Bauman, Mackenzie Garrett, Ethan Shawgo and Logan Stufflebeam. They represented Nevada High School at Iowa State University during the Iowa High School Speech Association’s All-State Festival on Feb. 17.


The group performed in “improvisation,” which means that right before they performed, they had to pick three random topics, and had two minutes to choose one of them and create a scene for a five-minute performance.


Group members shared the following comments:


Clay Bauman, sophomore


What was your part in this presentation?


I was Jonni Donahue, son of Mary Ann and brother to Suzy. I love having game night and having fun with my uncle Jeb. We love getting into all kinds of different trouble.


In your opinion, why did the four of you do so well in this presentation?


We all have the same sense of humor and get along very well. Also, we work great together and mostly have the same ideas and agree and everyone has great different ideas.


Mackenzie Garrett, senior


What was your part in this presentation?


One of my recurring characters was Mary Ann Donahue. She is the mother of Suzy and Johnny, and the sister of Jeb. She loves her family and thoroughly enjoys playing their favorite game, Candy Land. Unfortunately, Mary Ann is a bad cook and always burns those cookies.


In your opinion, why did the four of you do so well in this presentation?


I think we do well in this category because we always have a lot of fun and are a really dynamic group. We all bring different strengths to the group, which allows us to have very unique performances. Even outside of the group, all of us are able to joke around and have fun.


Logan Stufflebeam, senior


What was your part in this presentation?


I was Suzy Donahue, daughter of Mary Ann Donahue, niece of Jeb Donahue, and sister of Jonni Donahue. We love family game night, especially Candy Land. I always pick on my brother Jonni, but we all love each other in the end. These are some of our reoccurring characters that we used a lot, but we mixed it up sometimes.


In your opinion, why did the four of you do so well in this presentation? I think that we work together as a group really well because we all play off of each other’s actions and get along fantastically, both in and out of our improv group. We all have different ideas, too, that make the piece interesting.


Ethan Shawgo, junior


What was your part in this presentation?


I’m Jeb Donahue “Uncle Jeb,” uncle to Suzy, and Jonnie Donahue and brother to Mary Ann. I’m the fun-loving crazy uncle who always shows up when the family needs him. He loves the kids and always supports his sister in her endeavors. The family as a whole enjoys bonding over get-togethers for food and games.


In your opinion, why did the four of you do so well in this presentation?


I think we four have very synced-up wavelengths when it comes to the scenes we do and the characters we make and the overall type of comedy we like. We have also become pretty good friends during the course of our years in speech.