How to give them the best shot?

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How to give them the best shot?
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f4.5 1/160 ISO 3200 30mm 3.00ev w/ flash (bounce as I recall) ~20' from subject

3456 x 5184

Full disclosure, I enjoy taking photos but am not a professional or even well educated in photography.  I am taking the graduation photos for a school and the above is a typical example of what I took last year.  Zooming in I see "noise" and the photos just don't look as crisp as I'd like.  What changes can I make this to improve the results for these kids?  Is the darkened arena the major culprit  here?  I assume that more light would allow for less ISO, less EV, higher shutter speed and therefore better results but again, rank amateur.  Alternatively, if I photographed them instead against a light backdrop (offstage) would I have more room to work with on all those settings?  Seems like I'd be able to get much closer and use a better prime lens as well but I'm not sure that will be an option.  Thank in advance; I really want to deliver for these kids.

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