Marian Catholic Takes Top Honors in IHSA Regional Individual Speech Events; Southland College Prep Places First in Performance in the Round Event

Left to right (rear row) Brenah Johnson, Summer Reyes, Jasmine Bovia, Sydney Reyes, Elise Pittman, Maureen Fagan, Erin Lyons, Kaela Harber. (front row) Michael Breslin, Tommy McDermott, Steven Babick. (JOHN SMIERCIAK PHOTO)

RICHTON PARK, IL.—(ENEWSPF)–February 6, 2017—Marian Catholic High School, the Chicago Heights, Illinois speech powerhouse, won first place in the Illinois High School Association’s Regional Individual Speech Event tournament for 12  Chicago southwest suburban area high schools hosted by Southland College Prep Charter High School, Richton Park, Saturday, February 4.

Marian Catholic placed first in seven of the fourteen individual events to lead the twelve school field with 73 points. Homewood-Flossmoor High School took second place with 61.5 points and Southland College Prep Charter High School placed third with 46.5 points.

Joliet Central and Joliet West tied for fourth place with 38 points each.

Other teams competing in the Regional Speech tournament were: Hillcrest, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way West, Rich East, Rich South and Thornton Fractional South.

Southland College Prep placed first in the “Performance-in-the-Round” category.

A nine-member cast and three student directors staged “Anansi, the Spider,” a folk tale about a spider-god, Anansi, originated in Ghana by the Ashanti people. The Anansi tales were recounted orally from generation to generation and spread all through West Africa.

Marian Catholic, Homewood- Flossmoor and Joliet West placed second, third and fourth in the PIR category.

“This day-long competition, led by Cheryl Frazier, Southland’s Director of Forensics and Theatre, who served as tournament manager, was an exhibition of extraordinary talent, spirit, and professionalism by all the competitors,” said Dr. Blondean Davis, Southland College Prep’s CEO.

“Coaches, judges and faculty were impressed by the wonderful spirit of good sportsmanship that prevailed in our classrooms and performance spaces during a very long 10-hour competition,” she added.

Individual Event winners who will compete in the Sectional tournament at Homewood-Flossmoor High School on Saturday, February 11 are:

Dramatic Duet Acting

Elise Pittman, senior and Steven Babick, junior, Marian Catholic; Chyna Sanders, senior and Kapri Echols, senior, Southland College Prep; Aundria La Nier, senior and  Gianmarco Petrelli, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Hanna Hagerty, sophomore and Haylie Aeschliman, senior, Joliet Central.

Dramatic Interpretation

Rashun Carter, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Sydney Reyes, senior, Marian Catholic; Sebastian Khattabi, senior, Lincoln-Way East; Hanna Hagerty, sophomore, Joliet Central; Zoe Manning, sophomore, Joliet West; Victoria Dean, junior, Southland College Prep.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Erin Lyons, senior, Marian Catholic; Joey Cipriano, junior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Christopher Rapp, sophomore, Southland College Prep; Grace Meagher, senior, Joliet West.

Humorous Duet Acting Steven Babick, junior and Tommy McDermott, junior, Marian Catholic; Jessica Ashby, senior and Taylor Wicks, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Casey Snow, sophomore and Tony Nardi, sophomore, Joliet West; Grace Pieczynski, senior and Megan Carr, Lincoln-Way Central.

Humorous Interpretation

Zoe Manning, sophomore, Joliet West;  Maureen Fagan, junior, Marian Catholic; Angelica Jarrett, senior, Joliet Central; Grace Pieczynski, senior, Lincoln-Way Central.

Impromptu Speaking

Jasmine Bovia, senior, Marian Catholic; Sydney DuBose, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Sarah Lehmann, senior, Lincoln-Way West; Nehemiah Arriaga, sophomore, Rich South.

Informative Speaking

Kaela Harber, senior, Marian Catholic; An’Tonai Boykin, senior, Joliet Central; Brianna Powell, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Kendall Schlegel, sophomore, Joliet West; Rhett Bartolini, sophomore, Lincoln-Way East; Kristen Carter, senior, Southland College Prep.

Oratorical Declamation

Taylor Wicks, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Noelle Robinson, senior, Southland College Prep; Grace Meagher, senior, Joliet West; Summer Reyes, senior, Marian Catholic.

Original Comedy

Angelica Jarrett, senior, Joliet Central; Alayna Hester, junior, Southland College Prep; Eric Schuler, senior, Joliet West; Maureen Fagan, junior, Marian Catholic.

Original Oratory

Rashun Carter, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Kaela Harber, senior, Marian Catholic; Jalen Causey, sophomore, Southland College Prep; Katie Hrpcha, senior, Joliet Central.

Poetry Reading

Joy Woods, junior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Elise Pittman, senior, Marian Catholic; Kapri Echols, senior, Southland College Prep; Dontae Crowder, senior, Joliet Central.

Prose Reading

Michael Breslin, sophomore, Marian Catholic; Aundria La Nier, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; Chyna Sanders, senior, Southland College Prep; Andriae LaCour, sophomore, Rich South.

Radio Speaking

Brett Studer, senior, Lincoln-Way West; Brenah Johnson, senior, Marian Catholic; Julia Valera, senior, Joliet West; Armanti Reed, sophomore, Southland College Prep.

Special Occasion Speaking

Michael Breslin, sophomore, Marian Catholic; Jessica Ashby, senior, Homewood-Flossmoor; An ‘Tonai Boykin, senior, Joliet Central; John Anderson III, senior, Southland College Prep

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