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The 2015 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2015 state meet marks the 75th annual edition of the state final and the sixthyear that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event.

Saturday's award performances will be streamed live on the NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv with a subscription or Comcast/Xfinity authentication,

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 2014 tournament saw Wheaton Warrenville South return to the top of team standings, as the school captured its ninth overall state championship and fifth under its current namesake (4 titles as Wheaton Central). The Tigers won their first title since 2002 after getting an individual state title in the Radio Speaking category from Brooke Sommerfeld. Runner-up Neuqua Valley won at least a share of a state title in three events (Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory), while Hinsdale Central placed third on the strength of a state crown in Humorous Duet Acting. Oak Lawn Community placed fourth a year ago, while Glenbard West and Prospect tied for fifth.

Below is a list of the 2014 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Cameron DeLaMora & Taylor Lindemann, Oak Lawn Community

Dramatic Interpretation
Jeffrey Manus, Freeport

Extemporaneous Speaking
Vinesh Kannan, Illinois Math and Science Academy (tie)
Parth Patel, Huntley (tie)
Saumya Jain, Neuqua Valley (tie)

Humorous Duet Acting
Yianni Kinnas & Laura Nelson, Hinsdale Central

Humorous Interpretation
Michael McCarthy, Richards

Impromptu Speaking
Sarah Kingsbury, Neuqua Valley

Oratorical Declamation
Noah Eisfelder, Evanston

Original Comedy
Kole Schlich, Belleville West

Original Oratory
Andrew Heitzman, Neuqua Valley

Prose Reading
Jordan Cornwell, Charleston

Radio Speaking
Brooke Sommerfeld, Wheaton Warrenville South

Special Occasion Speaking
Cooper Packard, Chicago Heights Marian

Poetry Reading
Thomas Tang, Thornton

Informative Speaking
Lindsie Bliss, Shepard

Performance in the Round (exhibition)

75th annual State Series
6th year at Peoria Civic Center


Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, February 20
Round 1
Section A - 1:30 p.m.
Section B - 3:00 p.m.
Section C - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 21
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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