2020 Speech-Individual Events

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The 2020 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2020 state meet marks the 80th 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 6:00 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.

Hinsdale Central returned to the top of podium in 2019, as the Red Devils program won its second state title in school history, and first since 2015. Hinsdale Central had never had a Top 10 finish in IHSA history until 2003, but has now won four trophies since 2008. Thornton High School just missed the podium in 2018 when they placed fourth, but tied for second-place a year ago to claim the school's first trophy since placing third in 2005. The Wildcats shared the second-place trophy with the Tigers of Wheaton Warrenville South. Amazingly, the WWS program has now won a trophy at six consecutive state meets, including a state championship in 2014 and five straight second-place finishes. After winning its first-ever trophy in 2018 when they were third, Belleville West slipped back one spot to fourth a year ago. Marian Catholic tied for fifth in 2019, sharing the spot with Normal UHIGH, which marked each school's return to the Top 5 for the first time since 2015 (T4th) and 2013 (1st), respectively. Neuqua Valley (7th), Fenton (T8th), Naperville North (T8th), Hinsdale South (T10th) and Prospect (T10th) rounded out the Top 10 in 2019.

Below is a list of the 2019 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Katherine Jordan & Emmett Knee, Prospect

Dramatic Interpretation
Delaney Holliday, Belleville West

Extemporaneous Speaking
Brian Zheng, Naperville North

Humorous Duet Acting
Tim Moser & Tate Renner, Hinsdale Central

Humorous Interpretation
Ethan Schopp, Olympia

Impromptu Speaking
Brian Zheng, Naperville North

Oratorical Declamation
Erin Rosenfeld, Glenbrook North

Original Comedy
Kevin Tate, Downers Grove South

Original Oratory
Lizzie Link, Washington

Prose Reading
Kavonya Moore, Thornton

Radio Speaking
Eva Bein, Wheaton Warrenville South

Special Occasion Speaking
Monika Nevarez, Fenton

Poetry Reading
Arneet Gurtatta, Neuqua Valley

Informative Speaking
Joy Bullis, Fenton

Performance in the Round (exhibition)
Southland College Prep Charter

80th annual State Series
11th year at Peoria Civic Center

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 - 2:00 p.m.
Dramatic Duet Acting, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Original Comedy, Poetry Reading, Prose Reading, Oratory

Finals 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Duet Acting, Poetry Reading, Radio Speaking, Special Occasion Speaking,
Informative Speaking

Awards - 6:00 p.m.

No charge for this event

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All Results via SpeechWire

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