Speech members look forward to state

Speech Team members talk with coach Steve Sturm.

After placing at sectionals for four events, Huntley’s Speech Team is anticipating similar results at the IHSA State Speech Tournament this Saturday, Feb.  18.

The four events that placed at sectionals and are now going to  state are:

Marta Makowski: Impromptu Speaking and Original Oratory

Brandon Bencko: Extemporaneous Speaking

Olivia Stepp and Christian Aldridge: Dramatic Duet Acting

These four students placed at Sectionals on Feb. 11. Senior Marta Makowski won first place in both of her events, Impromptu and Original Oratory. She has been sectional champion for Impromptu for three years. Senior Brandon Bencko placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Also, Olivia Stepp and Christian Aldridge received third place for their Dramatic Duet Acting.

As a team overall, HHS’s Speech Team place fourth out of 28 teams at Sectionals. They also place second out of 12 teams at Regionals the weekend before that.

“We’re hopeful that all four events will do well,” said head coach, Tom George.

The team is looking forward to success with their performances at state at the Civic Center in Peoria this weekend.

“If we keep positive attitudes and have confidence, I think we can bring home some hardware,” said Makowski.



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