Bravo, Aquin Speech!

Stockton Pow-Wow Winners

From the 'Village Voices' . . .

"After taking a year away from competitive Speech, the Aquin Bulldogs are back, and they raised a few eyebrows by having such a small team that still won some significant honors."

Way to go, DAWGS!

The Aquin Speech Team had great success at their first speech meet of the year. All 5 entries placed high enough in the first two rounds to advance to Finals. Many thanks to Lou Ann (Stambaugh) Hayes for stepping into the role of 'Coach Hayes' just a few weeks ago to make this Speech season a reality.

Final Results:

  • Shirley Hounnou, grade 11, took 1st place in the Oratory Declamation category. This was Shirley's first attempt at Oratory Declamation and she beat out a field of 6 varsity competitors.
  • Kami Steil, grade 12, competed in the Dramatic Interpretation category and was awarded the Judge's Choice Award as well as 3rd place overall of 9 competitors in the category.
  • Mason McIntyre, grade 9, competed in the Prose category. His performance beat out 5 competitors and won 5th place in the final round.
  • Megan Miller, grade 9, competed in the Poetry category. She beat out a field of 7 competitors, including 6 varsity competitors to compete in the final round. She took home the 6th place award.
  • Madelyn McIntyre, grade 12, and Shirley Hounnou, grade 11, competed in the Duet Dramatic Acting category. Their performance won the 5th place award.
  • The Aquin team took home the Small School award (pictured above).

Note: team members Zeita Gastel, grade 12, and Kira Brubaker, grade 12, are also members of 2019-20 Aquin Speech, but were unable to participate in the meet in Stockton due to prior commitments.

Want to Join the Spotlight?

Saturday's meet was just the start of the 2019-20 season for Aquin Speech, so there is still plenty of time to join the team. Coach Hayes wants to see the team grow and is ready to make that happen. There are many event categories and she's sure one or more will be right for you. Please contact her at

2019-20 Aquin Speech Schedule

  • Saturday . December 7 . Stockton
  • Saturday . January 4 . Le-Win
  • Saturday . January 11 . River Ridge
  • Saturday . February 1 . Rockford Jefferson
  • Saturday . February 8 . REGIONALS at Sterling High School
  • Saturday . February 15 . SECTIONALS at Freeport High School