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11/16 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournaments at Wheaton North and Plainfield North!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems! (A few events were allowed to have four strings. That’s not an error.)

What time should you be at Neuqua?

Wheaton North: The bus will leave at 6:45a.

Plainfield North: The bus will leave at 6:45a.

When will it end?

Wheaton North: We should be home around 6:30p.

Plainfield North: We should be home around 5:00p.

Extemp and Radio?

Wheaton North: Extemp will prep twice at the tournament and once for finals. Radio will prep at home for prelims but prep at the tournament for finals.

Plainfield North: Extemp and Radio will prep once at the tournament and once again for finals.

11/9 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournaments at Fremd and Downers Grove North High School!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems!

When will it end?

Fremd: We should be home around 6:30p.

DGN: We should be home around 6:00p.

Extemp and Radio?

Fremd: Extemp will prep twice at the tournament and once for finals. Radio will also prep twice at the tournament and once for finals.

DGN: Extemp will prep twice at the tournament and once for finals. Radio will prep at home the day before.

What time should you be at Neuqua?

Fremd: Bus leaves at 6:15a. Be there early!

DGN: Bus leaves at 6:30a. Be there early!


11/2 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at York High School!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems!

When will it end?

We should be home around 6:30p.

Extemp and Radio?

Extemp will prep twice at the tournament and once for finals.

Radio will prep at home the day before. You will prep for finals if you make it.

What time should you be at Neuqua?

Bus leaves at 6:30a. Be there early!

The team has been posted here!

Congratulations to everyone who made it and many thanks to the 100 of you who tried out. It’s never easy choosing from so many of you (especially when there’s a limit to how many we can take), and if you didn’t make it, we hope you will consider trying out again next year. We unfortunately had to make a lot of difficult cuts!

Due to the high level of interest, coaches will not be available to discuss your auditions on an individual basis.

To those who made it, three things:

1) The first full team meeting is Monday afternoon at 2:45p in B223. This meeting is mandatory and will last until about 5:00p — if there are any problems with attending, you *must* contact Mr. Mehta and your Category Leader(s).

2) All Category Leaders should plan to meet with their categories on Monday to figure out a schedule moving forward.

3) You and your parents must read this packet, sign the appropriate forms, and pay the Activity Fee! You will not be allowed to enter the room on Monday without these items.

Thanks for your cooperation and congratulations to everyone!

If you’re new to the team, you should come to ONE of the following informational meetings!

2:30p, Monday, September 9, in the Main Campus (C202)

2:30p, Tuesday, September 10, in the Birkett Center (Forum Room)

Auditions will take place for Varsity members on Wednesday, Sep. 11 (starting at 3:00p) in B223.

Auditions will take place for New members on Wednesday, Sep. 11 (starting at 5:00p) or Thursday, Sep. 12 (starting at 2:45p) in B223. All new members can sign up for audition slots right here.

Everyone will need to read the audition packet and fill out The Form! All of that information can be found here.

If you’re wondering what you may be reading during auditions, that packet can be found right here. (You don’t need to memorize this. We’re only posting this so you’re not surprised at auditions!)

We will post the new team members on this site by Friday night, Sep. 13.

If you’re unable to make it to the audition date, or you have any other questions, please contact Coach Mehta.

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For anyone interested in attending the Neuqua Valley Speech Team Summer Camp, all the information you need is below!

The camp is for current team members, incoming freshmen, and anyone else in high school interested in learning more about public speaking.

Important things to note:

  • The camp will take place August 5-9 from 8:00-11:00a each day
  • We will have separate tracks for new and returning campers so that everyone is working on the skills that will most benefit them
  • The cost is $175 and all checks should be made out to Wildcat Speech. (Students will bring the check to Camp on the first day.)
  • Your participation in this Summer Camp does not automatically guarantee you a spot on the 2019-20 Neuqua Valley Speech Team. It will, however, make you a better public speaker, and that is a skill you’ll be able to use on and off the team!

If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form as soon as possible! (We’ll be in touch with you at the end of July with more details.)

If you have any other questions, let Coach Mehta know.

Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

The Video from Banquet



This year we are changing the banquet format in order to cut down on time. Last year the banquet ran four hours, which is rough on parents as well as students on a school night.

In order to save time, we are no longer going to have category leaders speak about each individual member in their event. Instead, we are going to have category leaders write something nice about each person in their event (100 words MAX). Send your blurbs to Ms. McQuaid @ tegan_mcquaid@ipsd.org by Friday, March 1st.

We are going to compile what everyone sends us in a pamphlet. Everyone will receive a pamphlet at the banquet, and it will be a nice keepsake to look back on in the future. Please email Ms. McQuaid if you have any questions!

If you are interested in applying for Team captain, you must fill out this form and turn it in to Sparkman (in B100) by Monday, Feb 25th.

Only current sophomores and juniors are allowed to apply.

The Speech Banquet will take place at Tamarack Golf Club on Wednesday, March 6th starting at 5:30p (ending around 8:30p). We know some people may have conflicts but that’s unavoidable after the season ends. We hope you can make it!

Your family and friends are invited to join us, too!

The cost is $14/person (to cover dinner) and all checks should be made out to “Wildcat Speech.”

Please give all checks to Sparkman (in B100) by Friday, March 1st.

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