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The 2014 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2014 state meet marks the 74th annual edition of the state final and the fifth year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event.

State champions will be crowned in 14 events over the course of the meet, including an overall team champion based upon points earned in each individual event. A top team will also be recognized in the Performance in the Round category, although that event does not earn points toward the overall team title.

The 2013 tournament saw University High School in Normal win its fourth team state title in school history. It was the school's first since winning three in a row from 1972-1974, as Ben Edwards (Prose Reading) and Alison Ogunmokun (Special Occasion Speaking) led the way by winning individual state titles. The Pioneers edged defending state champ Downers Grove South and Humorous Interpretation state champ Natasha Prosek by three points (29-26) to clinch its title.

Below is a list of the 2013 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Morgan Brown & Alexus Newson, Southland College Prep Charter

Dramatic Interpretation
Ivy Fishman, Prospect

Extemporaneous Speaking
Tyler Ross, Normal Community West

Humorous Duet Acting
Rahul Jacob & Patrick Kelly, Sandburg

Humorous Interpretation
Natasha Prosek, Downers Grove South

Impromptu Speaking
Alex Buckley, Downers Grove North

Oratorical Declamation
Destin Patton-Warner, Thornton

Original Comedy
Dan Leahy, Downers Grove South

Original Oratory
Elizabeth Woo, Glenbrook South

Prose Reading
Ben Edwards, Normal University

Radio Speaking
Cora Georgiou, Sandburg

Special Occasion Speaking
Alison Ogunmokun, Normal University

Poetry Reading
Pia Lyander, Chicago Heights Marian

Informative Speaking
Donyae Lewis, Homewood-Flossmoor

Performance in the Round (exhibition)

Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, February 21
Round 1
Section A - 1:30 p.m.
Section B - 3:00 p.m.
Section C - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22
Round 2
Section A - 8:30 a.m.
Section B - 9:45 a.m.
Section C - 11:00 a.m.
Finals 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Dramatic Duet Acting, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Original Comedy, Poetry Reading, Prose Reading, Oratory

Finals 2 - 3:00 p.m.
Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Duet Acting, Poetry Reading, Radio Speaking, Special Occasion Speaking,
Informative Speaking

Awards 5:30 p.m.

All Results via SpeechWire

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