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DeKalb Corn Classic 2023

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This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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September 26, 2023


Dear Speech Coaches,


A person can only hold out for so long. Despite our near-constant self-reassurances that there is no earthly reason why an invitation for a speech tournament would need to be sent out well over two months in advance, the daily barrage of invitation emails in our inboxes served as a reminder that the rest of the world does not share our patience. And as this annual tournament is nothing shy of an absolute institution and the unquestioned lynchpin of the entire season (please note sarcasm and obvious editorial hyperbole here), we figured we should cave in to the immense pressure and get this sent out. Bah humbug.


DATE: Saturday, December 2nd, 2023


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 need 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). Depending on numbers, we may also hold next-in finals. For the top three teams, a donation will be made in your team’s name to the charity of your choice.


REGISTRATION: Begins at 7:00am.  


ENTRY DEADLINE:  Friday, November 24th


FINAL POSTING ON SPEECHWIRE: Friday, December 1st 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 used formally in Radio as per IHSA rules.


We hope to see you on the 2nd!


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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