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DeKalb Corn Classic 2018

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This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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September 17, 2018


Dear Speech Coaches,


Hello, friends. It’s that time of year again; the leaves are falling, election season is upon us, and another spate of horrible new CBS comedies threatens to further erode the sorry state of modern television for septuagenarians from coast to coast. And of course, at this poetic and peaceful time of year comes a tradition unlike any other: The DeKalb Corn Classic Forensics Extravaganza. We’re trying to get Jim Nantz to MC our awards ceremony, but he hasn’t returned our calls yet. Even so, please read on.


DATE: Saturday, December 1st


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: 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.


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

43 – 56 entries: $225

57+ entries: $275


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 23rd


FINAL POSTING ON SPEECHWIRE: Friday, November 30th 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 1st!


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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