Unequalled Excellence

South Speech Team wins unprecedented sixth straight State Championship; North comes in Fifth

Since 1985 DGS’ Speech team has won or placed second in state except for 1986, 1989 and 2000.  That’s 21 out of the last 24 years they either won, or almost won.  They own six of the seven highest scores ever recorded in state competition.  Through three dedicated coaches (John Hires, Diane Hires, and now Jan Heiteen) they have been superb with a constantly changing roster.  If a sports team had won or was runner up at state with a record like that, imagine the hysteria.  And these students did it not with brute athletic ability, but with brute skill and brute brilliance.

This year, even the Village Council finally woke up to the fact there are competitive non-sports teams fielded by our schools that are strong, and worthy of notice.

From 99’s website:

The District 99 South High School Speech Team captured an unprecedented sixth consecutive State Speech Championship Feb. 21. Also, the North High Speech Team placed Fifth in the state finals.

Declared the “winningest” team in state history with far and away more wins than any other team, South students also placed in the following individual events: Adam Kase won Second Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jenni McCarthy with Third Place finishes in both Dramatic Interpretation and Poetry Reading, Chelsey Rice-Davis with Second Place finishes in Impromptu Speaking and Original Oratory, and Tess Moody with a Third Place finish in Special Occasion Speaking and a Fourth Place finish in Prose Reading.

In addition to the team championship, South High won Third Place in the Performance-in-the-Round competition. Congratulations also go to Head Coach Jan Heiteen.

North finished Fifth in the state contest, one of their best seasons in recent history.

I started in on this last year and I’ll say it again-

How about a proclamation, council?! How many years does Heiteen and her team have to rock it like no other team in the history of the IHSA before a tip of the hat!?!


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