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DeKalb Corn Classic 2022

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September 16, 2022


Dear Speech Coaches,


As Fall is just around the corner, we find ourselves once again pondering the fate of the venerable DeKalb Corn Classic. Should we try something new and exciting this year, we wondered aloud? We were inspired by the lofty words of Oscar Wilde who wrote, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” But then we were brought back down to earth by the humble words of our own Jimmy Zucker who said, “New stuff is stupid.” As such, we have decided to carry on our old traditions and bring back the Corn Classic in all its former glory, complete with all your favorite features including randomly double-judged prelims, next-in finals, and an 8:00am round for the sole purpose of annoying Laurie Pillen. Yes, all is right in the world once again. Please read on…


DATE: Saturday, December 3rd, 2022


STRUCTURE: Two flighted preliminary rounds (one being double-judged), and Varsity and Novice finals. Depending on the size of the tournament and the availability of judges, we will try to hold Next-In finals as well. 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.



  • 8:00 - Round 1A (DDA, HI, IS, OC, OD, OO, Prose)

  • 9:15 - Round 1B (DI, Extemp, HDA, INF, Poetry, Radio, SOS)

  • 10:30 - Round 2A (DDA, HI, IS, OC, OD, OO, Prose)

  • 11:45 - Round 2B (DI, Extemp, HDA, INF, Poetry, Radio, SOS)

  • 1:30 - Final Rounds (all events)

  • 3:00 - Awards


ENTRY: Feel free to enter as many speakers in each event as you like (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. Students may triple-enter as long as their events are not all in the same flight (see A/B splits in the time schedule above).


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 – 14 entries: $100

15 – 28  entries: $150 

29 – 42 entries: $200

43 – 56 entries: $250

57+ entries: $300


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 25th


FINAL POSTING ON SPEECHWIRE: Friday, December 2nd 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 2022-23 Speech Event Summaries).

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 3rd!


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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