Speech

The Centennial Speech Team is one of the largest and most successful programs in the state. The team has been the North Suburban Conference Champion for the last several years. Several individuals advance to the state tournament each year. The team of approximately 70 members competes in several invitational tournaments on Saturdays through February and March, as well as the Conference, Section, State and National Forensic Leagues Tournaments. Competition is held in 13 diverse events which range from performing literature aloud (both serious and humorous), to creative speeches written by the speaker, to informative and persuasive speaking to events which explore and analyze current events issues. In all events students learn communication skills and gain confidence and poise, while learning the value of dedication and goal setting. Team members also develop friendships and team camaraderie in a very enjoyable activity.