Auburn student wins IHSA speech sectional

ROCHELLE – Auburn senior David Daye qualified for next weekend’s IHSA speech and drama state finals in Peoria.

Daye took first place in Oratorical Declamation at the IHSA Rochelle Sectional on Saturday. In that competition, students deliver a speech written by someone else. The goal of the event is for the student to perform another speaker’s message in their own voice.

Daye actually picked a modern piece, delivering a TED talk by Hadi Eldebek called “Why must artists be poor.”

Daye also won the IHSA regional in DeKalb with the same work, so he heads to state in Peoria with a chance to break a long drought for District 205. A Rockford Public Schools student hasn’t won a speech event since West’s Doug Adams won extemporaneous speaking in 1963.

Auburn just missed sending a second student to Peoria. Aryan Arora won the DeKalb regional in Impromptu Speaking. Saturday, he finished fourth in Rochelle and the top three advanced to state.

Posted on 02.10.19