Great Daye at state speech competition for Auburn senior

PEORIA – Auburn senior David Daye took fourth place Saturday in oratorical declamation at the IHSA tournament for speech, drama and individual events.

The annual competitions sees students battle it out in events ranging from impromptu and radio speak to poetry reading and original comedy.

Daye’s showing broke a long drought for Rockford School District 205. Daye became the first 205 student to place in an IHSA state speech event since MaryEllen Beard and Cory Crow teamed up to take sixth in humorous duet acting in 1995. Cory Crow Geary now is the senior director of content partnerships for Turner Broadcasting in New York City.

In oratorical declamation, students deliver speeches written by someone else, demonstrating that they can take another speaker’s message in their own voice. Daye won his IHSA regional and sectional by delivering a TED talk by Hadi Eldebek called “Why must artists be poor.”

Posted on 02.17.19