Downers Grove South Speech Team Places 2nd at State Tournament

Downers Grove South Speech Team Places 2nd at State Tournament

The Downers Grove South Speech Team placed 2nd at the IHSA Speech Team State Tournament. The team competed in several events, from public speaking to acting and researching current events.

Individual students also placed in several competitions, including Gianna Caponigro, who earned first place in Humorous Interpretation.

Below is a list of individual events, including their placement in the competition:

Dramatic Duet Acting 

  • Sabrina Crowley & Sebastian Blanco, 7th at State 

Humorous Duet Acting 

  • Gianna Caponigro & Maija Flannery, 2nd at State 

Humorous Interpretation 

  • Gianna Caponigro, 1st at State 

Impromptu Speaking 

  • Juliana Conyer, 4th at State 

Informative Speaking 

  • Naomi Yong. 6th at State 

Oratorical Declamation

  • Naomi Yong, 5th at State 

Poetry Reading

  • Layla Orozco, 6th at State 

Radio Speaking 

  • Sebastian Blanco, 2nd at State 


Downers Grove South's speech team has won nineteen state championships and thirty three top 3 finishes –  the most among any schools participating in IHSA Speech. 

Contact Jennifer Martinez, Downers Grove South Activities Director, for more information on the Downers Grove South Speech Team.