Speech

Speech
SWSC H-F Speech

The H-F Speech program offers a unique opportunity for students to express their individual speaking and dramatic talents in a competitive atmosphere. Participating in this activity can benefit your future, but is especially popular among students interested in business, communication, marketing, education, law, politics and theatre. Speech is an excellent way to improve public speaking skills, for those students who are shy or nervous in front of an audience. Students compete against other schools in individual events at invitationals held throughout the season. The Speech Team competes in the SWSC conference invitational as well as the regional, sectional and state levels of the IHSA. This includes competition in public speaking, limited preparation and dramatic performance events, such as the Performance in the Round.

Team Competition

Approximately 50-60 students participate on Speech Team. By the beginning of January, when Novice Tournaments end, the team is trimmed down to about three students in each of the 13 events. By February, only one student is selected in each event for the Illinois High School Association State Competition, which takes place on three consecutive weekends in February.

IHSA State Placement

  • 1967 – 4th place
  • 1968 – 1st place State Champions
  • 1969 – 5th place
  • 1971 – 2nd place
  • 1973 – 2nd place
  • 1974 – 3rd place
  • 1975 – 1st place State Champions
  • 1977 – 3rd place
  • 1978 – 3rd place
  • 1979 – 4th place
  • 1980 – 3rd place
  • 1981 – 1st place State Champions
  • 1984 – 1st place State Champions
  • 1985 – 5th place
  • 1986 – 4th place
  • 1987 – 3rd place
  • 1988 - 5th place
  • 1992 – 10th place
  • 1994 – 6th place
  • 1997 – 4th place
  • 1998 – 6th place
  • 1999 – 9th place
  • 2000 – 5th place
  • 2001 – 5th place
  • 2002 – 8th place
  • 2004 – 7th place
  • 2006 – 8th place


Individual Events

Since 1965, H-F has produced 28 State Champions in Individual Events:       

  • 1965 Original Comedy — Linda Sublett
  • 1968 Original Comedy — Nancy Lane
  • 1968 Verse — Janet Reed
  • 1969 Verse — Dana Thompson
  • 1970 Declamation – Fred Davidson
  • 1971 Special Occasion — Jean-Pierre Goeseels
  • 1973 Dramatic Duet — Dan Kahn & Richard Davis
  • 1974 Dramatic Duet — Robin Smith & Paul Swanson
  • 1974 Humorous Duet — Dana Rose & Richard Davis
  • 1974 Special Occasion — Mark David
  • 1977 Original Comedy — Mike McGovern
  • 1978 Prose — Andrea Cohen
  • 1979 Prose — Andrea Cohen
  • 1980 Dramatic Interp — Barbara Beach    1980 Humorous Duet — Gretchen Mitts & Scott Keller
  • 1981 Radio — Carl Butzer
  • 1981 Extemp — Andy Schapiro
  • 1984 Dramatic Interp — Kim Clayton
  • 1984 Verse — Kathy Murphy
  • 1987 Dramatic Interp — Candy Staron
  • 1988 Original Oration — Kristen Albrecht
  • 1992 Humorous Duet — Jill Benjamin & Adam Reiner
  • 1993 Original Comedy — Alana Reiner
  • 1998 Prose — Allison Weiss
  • 2000 Verse — Theresa Wilson
  • 2001 Dramatic Duet — Matthew Churilla & Jack Treptow
  • 2001 Humorous Interp — Matthew Churilla
  • 2006 Original Oration — Austin Smith    
  • 2013 Informational Speaking — Donyae Lewis
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  • Performance in the Round State Placement
  • 1997 — 1st place Two a' Penny from The Grapes of Wrath
  • 1998 — 3rd place Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities
  • 1999 — 1st place Pullman Car Hiawatha
  • 2001 — 2nd place The Hitch Hiker
  • 2009 — 1st place Dessa Rose
  • 2010 — 1st place The Ugliest Pilgrim
  • 2011 — 7th place The Scottsboro Nine


How do I get more information?

Contact club sponsor: Janine Stroemer, 708-799-3000, ext. 5163