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This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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October 13, 2021


Dear Speech Coaches,


Well, we have put things off long enough, we suppose. Lacking any clear or definitive guidance from above, we have decided to forge ahead with our plans to once again hold the annual DeKalb Corn Classic Forensics Extravaganza as a LIVE, IN-PERSON event here at the hallowed halls of DeKalb High School. We’re sure it goes without saying that any plans we make at this point are to be considered tentative at best, and that things may change dramatically at a moment’s notice. But until that day comes, here’s where we stand for now:


DATE: Saturday, December 4th, 2021


STRUCTURE: Two flighted preliminary rounds (one being double-judged), and varsity and novice finals.  Round 1A competition will begin at 8:00; Radio and Extemp are B events, so prep will begin at 8:30 and 8:45, respectively. Please plan to arrive no later than 7:30.


ENTRY: Due to COVID concerns, we are limiting this year’s tournament to the first 20 teams to respond, and to three (3) entries per event per team. Your entry fee will be based on your total number of entries.  Team sweepstakes will be determined using your top two speakers in each event.  Teams will register online using SpeechWire.


JUDGES: Each team is expected to bring one qualified judge for every six entries.  If you wish to bring extra entries, you will be asked to bring extra judges as well.  Hired judges may be available at a cost of $100 per judge.


FEES: 1 –28 entries: $125 

29 – 42 entries: $175


EVENTS: All 14 IHSA events. 


AWARDS: All individual finalists (varsity and novice) and the top 3 teams will receive awards. Depending on  numbers, we may also hold next-in finals.


REGISTRATION: Begins at 7:00am.  


EXT/IMP TOPICS: Each team should submit 10 Impromptu topics and 10 Extemp questions via SpeechWire.



ENTRY DEADLINE:  Friday, November 26th


FINAL POSTING ON SPEECHWIRE: Friday, December 3rd by 12:00pm


RULES: Impromptu – IHSA rules will apply.  

Radio – Prep for EACH prelim and prep again for finals.

Extemp – Prep for EACH prelim and prep again for finals.  

IHSA rules regarding the use of computers during prep will apply (see the 2017-18 IHSA Speech Rule Book, p. 20-21).

Time – Only in Radio as per IHSA rules.


DIRECTIONS: For those coming from either direction on I-88, your best option is to take the Annie Glidden Rd. exit and head north through NIU’s campus (about 3 miles).  Take a right at the light for Dresser Rd.  The school will be on your left after about a mile.

Google map available at: https://goo.gl/maps/KmoJSwr76FG2 


We hope to see you on the 4th!


Greg Solomon & T. J. Fontana

DeKalb High School 

501 W. Dresser Rd

DeKalb, Illinois 60115

(815) 754-2100

gsolomon@d428.org  – (815) 757-1401

tfontana@d428.org  – (815) 901-7692


If you have drops on the day of the tournament please text or call T. J. ASAP at (815) 901-7692.


Manager contact information

T. J. Fontana
Email address: tfontana@d428.org
Phone number: 815-901-7692

Mailing address

501 W. Dresser Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115

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