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2018 Speech-Individual Events

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The 2018 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2018 state meet marks the 78th 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 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, returned to the summit of Illinois high school speech in 2017, as the Mustangs hoisted their 17th overall state title, which was also their first since 2012 and first since NFHS Hall of Fame coach Jan Heiteen retired. Downers Grove South (Humorous Interpretation) edged runner-up Wheaton Warrenville South (Impromptu Speaking) by two points (34-32) for the title, as both programs produced one event state champion. Prospect finished third, as the 2016 state champion marked its second straight season bringing a trophy home from the state tournament. Glenbard West and Oak Lawn Community rounded out the Top 5, marking the Hilltoppers return to Top 10 after a one-year hiatus, while Oak Lawn has Top 5 finishes in three of the past four years. Neuqua Valley (6th), Hinsdale Central (7th), Richards (8th), Elk Grove Village (9th) and Downers Grove North (10th) rounded out the Top 10 in 2017.

Below is a list of the 2017 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Ben Marshall & Molly McDermott, Prospect

Dramatic Interpretation
Jake Youngman, Hinsdale Central

Extemporaneous Speaking
Peter Forberg, Richards

Humorous Duet Acting
Ira McDowell & Ira Wright, Thornton

Humorous Interpretation
Brianna Leys, Downers Grove South

Impromptu Speaking
AJ Struthers, Wheaton Warrenville South

Oratorical Declamation
Megan Manoj, Elk Grove Village

Original Comedy
Beckett Kenny, Richwoods

Original Oratory
Emily Gibson, Glenbard West

Prose Reading
Jimmy McDermott, Prospect

Radio Speaking
Tiffani Volkman, Belleville West

Special Occasion Speaking
Bijoy Shah, Glenbard West

Poetry Reading
Teresa Estrada, Reavis

Informative Speaking
Archit Dhar, Neuqua Valley

Performance in the Round (exhibition)
Southland College Prep Charter

78th annual State Series
9th year at Peoria Civic Center


Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, February 16
Round 1
Section A - 1:30 p.m.
Section B - 3:00 p.m.
Section C - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17
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

All Results via SpeechWire

Gear from Minerva

Souvenir Program


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Instagram - @IHSA_IL

Classic IHSA YouTube Video


Country Financial

Wilson Sporting Goods



2018 State Series Results

Record Book & Past Champions