2019 Speech-Individual Events

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2019 Speech-Individual Events

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The 2019 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2019 state meet marks the 79th annual edition of the state final and the ninth year 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 at 5:30 p.m. with a subscription.

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 most successful program in IHSA speech history, Downers Grove South, repeated as state champions in 2018, as the back-to-back state titles lifted the Mustangs hoisted their 18th overall state title in school history. Wheaton Warrenville South continues to push to DGS as at the state level, as the Tigers placed second. Since winning the state title in 2014, WWS has placed second in each of the four seasons since. Belleville West earned its first Speech-IE trophy in school history a year ago when the team placed third. Belleville West's best previous finish and only other Top 5 performance came in 2011, when the Maroons were fourth. Perennial power Thornton hasn't brought home a state final trophy since 2006, but missed that mark by just three points in 2018 when the school finished fourth, while Prospect's fifth-place finish marked the school's third straight in the Top 5. Glenbard West (6th), Reavis (7th), Hinsdale Central (T8th), Naperville North (T8th) and Naperville Central (10th) rounded out the Top 10 in the state a year ago.

Below is a list of the 2018 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Brianna Leys & Jessica Windischman, Downers Grove South

Dramatic Interpretation
Emma Pauer, Glenbard West

Extemporaneous Speaking
Brian Zheng, Naperville North

Humorous Duet Acting
Ira McDowell & Ira Wright, Thornton

Humorous Interpretation
Brianna Leys, Downers Grove South

Impromptu Speaking
Tessa Lawler, Downers Grove South

Oratorical Declamation
McKenzie Slack, Belleville West

Original Comedy
Ali Mohamed, Richards

Original Oratory
Emily Gibson, Glenbard West

Prose Reading
Aisling Berry, Oak Lawn

Radio Speaking
Laura Trowbridge, Wheaton Warrenville South

Special Occasion Speaking
Neel Pai, Neuqua Valley

Poetry Reading
Teresa Estrada, Reavis

Informative Speaking
Ryan Park, Naperville Central

Performance in the Round (exhibition)
Southland College Prep Charter

79th annual State Series
10th year at Peoria Civic Center


Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, February 15
Round 1
Section A - 1:30 p.m.
Section B - 3:00 p.m.
Section C - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 16
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.

No charge for this event


Saturday Awards (5:30 P.M.) broadcast live on the NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv

All Results via SpeechWire

Gear from Minerva

Souvenir Program


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Classic IHSA YouTube Video


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2019 State Series Results

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