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2016 Speech-Individual Events

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The 2016 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The 2016 state meet marks the 76th annual edition of the state final and the seventh 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.

Hinsdale Central hoisted the IHSA Speech-Individual Events state championship trophy for the first time in school history in 2015, part of historic 2014-15 school year for the Red Devils in sports and activities. The school’s best previous finish was a pair of third-place finishes in 2007 and 2013, as the first state title was anchored by a pair of event state titles in Dramatic Duet Acting (Jackson Dockery & Nicole Labun) and Radio Speaking (Divya Surabhi). Runner-up Wheaton Warrenville South also had two event state champs in Maddie Corgiat (Humorous Interpretation) and Jon Murphy (Special Occasion Speaking), in addition to winning the exhibition event Performance In The Round. Zach Kennedy & Reese Richardson were state champs in Humorous Duet Acting, helping perennial power Downers Grove South to a third-place finish. Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) and Southland College Prep rounded out the Top 5 by finishing in a tie for fourth-place.

Below is a list of the 2015 individual event state champions in each event:

Dramatic Duet Acting
Jackson Dockery & Nicole Labun, Hinsdale (Central)

Dramatic Interpretation
Georgette Voss, Buffalo Grove

Extemporaneous Speaking
Moyo Abiona, Sandburg

Humorous Duet Acting
Zach Kennedy & Reese Richardson, Downers Grove South

Humorous Interpretation
Maddie Corgiat, Wheaton Warrenville South

Impromptu Speaking
Parth Patel, Huntley

Oratorical Declamation
Emma Walker, Charleston

Original Comedy
DeAngelo Davis, Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights)

Original Oratory
Zach Kennedy, Downers Grove South

Prose Reading
Mary Spaulding, Normal University

Radio Speaking
Divya Surabhi, Hinsdale Central

Special Occasion Speaking
Jon Murphy, Wheaton Warrenville South

Poetry Reading
Colleen Huston, Hoffman Estates

Informative Speaking
Jocelyn Billheimer, Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights)

Performance in the Round (exhibition)
Wheaton Warrenville South

76th annual State Series
7th year at Peoria Civic Center


Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, February 19
Round 1
Section A - 1:30 p.m.
Section B - 3:00 p.m.
Section C - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 20
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.

Saturday Awards (5:30 P.M.) broadcast live on

All Results via SpeechWire

on Twitter
Twitter - @IHSAstate

Instagram - @IHSA_IL

Classic IHSA YouTube Video

Gear from Minerva

Photos from VIP

Souvenir Program

No charge for this event

2016 State Series Results

Record Book & Past Champions