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Comet Choice Awards presented Tuesday

  • Sami Heyer and Jack Molstead were awarded top female and top male athlete Tuesday night at the Comet Choice Awards. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Sami Heyer reacts as her name is called out as the top female athlete Tuesday night at the Comet Choice Awards. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Jack Molstead’s name is called out as the top male athlete Tuesday night at the Comet Choice Awards. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Stephen Bachman is congratulated by fellow nominees Cinnamon Evans, Olivia Wolfe and Michael Peterson after winning the Vocal Jazz Award Tuesday night at the Comet Choice Awards. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Charles City students, coaches and parents were invited to walk down the “orange carpet” Tuesday evening at the inaugural “Comet Choice Awards,” held at the Floyd County Youth Enrichment Center. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Speech director Mike Lembke presents the award for outstanding performer in individual speech to Mariah McKenzie Tuesday night at the Comet Choice Awards. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

It was the Espy Awards, Charles City style.

Charles City students, coaches and parents were invited to walk down the “orange carpet” Tuesday evening at the inaugural Comet Choice Awards, held at the Floyd County Youth Enrichment Center.

Athletes and participants in other extra-curricular activities such as band, orchestra, choir, speech and drama were honored by their coaches and directors. Among several other awards, Sami Heyer was named top female athlete and Jack Molstead was named top male athlete.

The event was catered by Comet Cafe, and some unusual awards were given out.

For example, Anastasia Baldus was named Outstanding Drama Servant Leader by the drama department.

Best Individual Performance in a Single Event went to Nick Litterer for his performance at the state swim meet.

The Charles City football team received the award for Best Team Performance in a Single Event for the upset of top-ranked LaPorte City-Union last fall.

The “Best Teammate” award, voted on by the athletes, was a tie between Alec Elsbernd and Cole Reams. Reams was also given the Bernie Saggau Award.

Double award winners also included Olivia Wolfe, who was awarded the Iowa Choral Director’s Award and the Outstanding Actor award; Mariah McKenzie, who was awarded the National School Orchestra Award and the best performer for individual speech; Michael Peterson was outstanding performer for group speech and the National Choir Award.

COMET CHOICE AWARDS
At Floyd County Youth Enrichment Center
Tuesday, May 14
Outstanding Drama Servant Leader – Anastasia Baldus; Iowa Choral Director’s Award – Olivia Wolfe; Best Team Performance in a Single Event – Football; National School Orchestra Award – Mariah McKenzie; Bernie Saggau Award – Cole Reams; Outstanding Performer Large Group Speech – Michael Peterson; Outstanding Performer Individual Speech – Mariah McKenzie; Louis Armstrong Award – Isaak Jensen; The Vocal Jazz Award – Stephen Bachman.

Best Individual Performance in a Single Event – Nick Litterer; Outstanding Actor – Olivia Wolfe; National Choir Award – Michael Peterson; Best Teammate Award (tie) – Alec Elsbernd and Cole Reams; Gene and Jan Martin Orchestra Award – Ben Schwickerath; Best Season by a Team – Girls Cross Country; John Philip Sousa Award – Carter Johanningmeier.

Top Female Athlete – Sami Heyer; Top Male Athlete – Jack Molstead.

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