Fourteen (14) IHSA State championships in the last 11 years
Performance in Round IHSA State Champs- 2008, 2016
Group Interpretation State Champs- 2010, 2012
Seventeen (17) IHSA Regional titles & Eight IHSA Sectional crowns
Marian Catholic's 2017 Group Interpretation performance featured an adventurous adaptation of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of piracy and heroism.
Marian Catholic's Speech Team secured the IHSA Individual Events Regional Championship following seven tournament titles during the 2016-17 season!
Based on the story of the race to the South Pole, Performance in the Round's The Last Day on Earth was honored with a second place finish.
Marian Catholic Speech claimed its 6th Championship title of the 2016-2017 IHSA season at the Lyons/Argos "Lights, Camera, Speech" Tournament! Along with the champion title, Marian Catholic advanced an unprecedented 40 events into the final round, with 10 individual tournament champions. Congratulations to our talented students!
The Marian Catholic Speech Team was the Runner Up at the prestigious Thornton Turkey Tournament, scoring 378 points and advancing 14 to finals.
Sixteen members of the Speech Team advanced to the final round of the Marian Catholic Classic on November 12. Congratulations to tournament champions Elise Pittman (Poetry Reading) and Maureen Fagan (Original Comedy)!
Marian Speech owns 14 IHSA titles in the last 10 years.
Marian rolls to Eisenhower title behind 19 in finals
Nov. 5- Marian Catholic placed 19 individuals in the finals on Saturday and rolled to the championship of the Eisenhower Invitational with an impressive 405 team points.
Marian earns first place at H-F Halloween Classic
Oct. 29- Marian Catholic captured first place in five individual events to score 210 total points and earn first place among 22 teams at the Homewood-Flossmoor Halloween Classic on Saturday. Marian earned individual crowns with Summer Kerksick (Impromptu Speaking, Special Occasion Speaking), John Hatcher (Informative Speaking), Tommy Keslin (Extemporaneous Speaking) and Diamond Jones (Oratorical Declamation). Marian will visit the Eisenhower Invite next weekend.
Marian captures 2nd at IHSA State Group Interpretation
April 2- Marian Catholic captured second place at the IHSA State Group Interpretation on Saturday in Springfield. Marian's Maranda Brink, Sylvester Bracey and Jarrin Comer were named to the All-State Cast. Marian scored six points in the finals, while state champion Oak Lawn totaled eight.
Marian's Billheimer, Performance in Round win IHSA State titles
Feb. 20 - Jocelyn Billheimer (Special Occasion Speaking) and the Marian Catholic Performance in the Round won IHSA State championships on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center. Billheimer's crown was her second in two years and the PIR's performance of We Band of Brothers followed up a sectional title.
Marian crowns 4 Sectional champs, sends 8 entries to IHSA State
Feb. 13 - Marian Catholic earned four sectional championships and will send eight entries overall to the IHSA State meet after capturing second place as a team on Saturday at the Reavis Sectional. Performance in the Round earned a sectional crown with We Band of Brothers, while other sectional champions included Jasmine Bovia (Impromptu Speaking), Jocelyn Billheimer (Original Comedy) and Brenah Johnson Radio Speaking).
Marian also gained qualifiers to next weekend's state competition in Peoria with Dramatic Duet Acting (Elise Pittman and Julie Miller, second), Humorous Duet Acting (Steven Babick and Tommy McDermott, second), Emmaline Krause in Informative Speaking and Billheimer in Special Occasion Speaking.
Performance in the Round was one of eight IHSA State Qualifiers for Marian.
Marian Catholic captures own IHSA Speech Regional title
Feb. 6 - Marian Catholic scored 65 points and crowned seven individual champions on Saturday to win the Marian IHSA Individual Events (Speech) Regional crown. Marian will now move onto the Reavis Sectional next Saturday.
Individual regional champions for Maria included Jocelyn Billheimer (Special Occasion Speaking, Original Comedy), Brenah Johnson (Radio Speaking), Katie O'Shea (Humorous Interpretation), Alex Stechman (Extemporaneous Speaking) Emmaline Krause (Informative Speaking) and Jasmine Bovia (Impromptu Speaking). Marian also gained second-place points from Performance in the Round with We Band of Brothers, Elise Pittman and Julia Miller (Dramatic Duet Acting) and Steven Babick and Tommy McDermott (Humorous Duet Acting).
Marian won its own IHSA Speech Regional behind seven individual champions.
Marian Catholic champion at Thornwood Invitational
Marian captures Sandburg Invite behind 2 individual champs
Dec. 12 - Marian Catholic advanced 16 to the finals rounds and scored 414 points on Saturday to capture first place at the Sandburg Santa Clause Invite. Marian was sparked by individual champions Jocelyn Billheimer in Original Comedy and Sylvester Bracey in Informative Speaking.
Marian wins Thornridge Tree Tourney
Dec. 5 - Marian Catholic scored 430 points to capture first place at the Thornridge Tree Tournament on Saturday, advancing 21 entries into the Finals Round. Individual champions included Brenah Johnson in Radio Speaking and Original Oration, and Brian Blewitt in Original Prose and Poetry.
Marian won the Thornridge Tree Tourney on Dec. 5 behind 21 in Finals
Three champions highlight 22 in finals at Marian Classic
Nov. 14 - Marian Catholic advanced 22 entries to the finals on Saturday, highlighted by three individual champions at the Marian Speech Classic. First-place finishers for Marian included Brenah Johnson in Radio Speaking, Steven Babick and Tommy McDermott in Humorous Duet and Sylvester Bracey in Prose Reading.
Marian hosted its own Marian Speech Classic on Nov. 14
Five champions pace Marian to first place at Eisenhower Invite
Nov. 7 - Highlighted by five individuals champions, Marian Catholic scored a whopping 421 points Saturday to capture first place at the Eisenhower Invitational. Individual champions included Celina Atangana (Humorous Interpretation), Justin Hollendonner (Impromptu Speaking), Lexi Vilafuerte (Oratorical Declamation), Alexis Wade (Prose Reading) and Nasira Watts (Extemporaneous Speaking).
Marian advanced 20 to the finals overall, including second-place finishers Stefano Pannone (Original Comedy) and Emma Wozniak (Radio Speaking).
Marian earned first place on Nov. 1 at the Homewood-Flossmoor Halloween Classic.
Marian Captures First at H-F Halloween Classic
Nov. 1, 2015 - Paced by four individual champions, Marian Catholic captured first place in the 20-school Homewood-Flossmoor Halloween Classic on Saturday. Marian earned individual crowns behind Michael Breslin (Special Occasion Speaking), Nasira Watts (Extemporaneous Speaking), Timon Lyander (Oratorical Declamation) and the Humorous Duet Acting team of Breslin and Jaycee Carlson.
Marian's Group Interpretation "The Peasant Girl" captured third place at the IHSA State meet.
Marian Fourth in IHSA State Behind Two State Champions
February 12, 2015 - Jocelyn Billheimer captured a state championship in Informative Speaking and DeAngelo Davis placed first in state in Original Comedy, as Marian Catholic earned a fourth place state finish in the IHSA Championships on Saturday in Peoria. Billheimer was also second in state in Special Occasion Speaking.
"This was one of the most amazing speech experiences Marian has ever had," according to Head Coach Mark Donaway.
Marian Fifth in Sectional, Sends Three Entries to IHSA State
February 14, 2015 - Jocelynn Billheimer captured two first-place finishes and helped leads Marian Catholic to a fifth-place finish in the Oak Lawn Sectional, as Marian qualified three entries for the IHSA State Tournament next weekend in Peoria. Billheimer earned first places in both Informative Speaking and Special Occasion Speaking, while DeAngelo Davis also qualified for state with a third-place finish in Original Comedy.
Marian's Performance in the Round earned an IHSA Regional championship.
Marian PIR first in regional; 14 entries advance to sectional
February 7, 2015 - Behind a first-place effort in Performance in the Round with Of Mice and Men, Marian Catholic captured second place in the Homewood-Flossmoor Regional with 61 points. Marian advanced 13 entries to the sectional level. The Spartans added first-place finishes from Michael Lauer (Extemporaneous Speaking), Jocelyn Billheimer (Informative Speaking and Special Occasion Speaking), Emerson Pavur (Prose Reading) and DeAngelo Davis (Original Comedy).
Other Marian entries advancing to the Oak Lawn Sectional on Feb. 14 include: Summer Reyes and Sydney Reyes (fourth, Dramatic Duet Acting), Kalyn Des Jardins (third, Dramatic Interpretation and Oratorical Declamation), Katie O'Shea (Humorous Interpretation), Jasmine Bovia (Impromptu Speaking), Brenah Johnson (third, Original Oratory and fourth, Radio Speaking) and Elise Pittman (fourth, Poetry Reading).
Cooper Packard Captures IHSA State Championship
Marian Catholic senior Cooper Packard captured the IHSA State Championship for Special Occasion Speaking in the Individual Events finals at the Peoria Civic Center on February 21, 2014. It marked the 10th state championship for Marian Catholic in the last eight years. Marian, which tied for 15th place as a team, also gained a sixth-place state finish with Emerson Pavur and Regina Hoyles in Dramatic Duet Acting.
IHSA 2014 Group Interpretation Entry - Frenchtown Summer
Marian Catholic- Reavis Sectional Champions
Marian Wins Reavis Sectional, Sends 9 to IHSA State
Led by individual champions Cristen Milliner (Impromptu Speaking) and Emerson Pavur-Regina Hoyles (Dramatic Duet Acting), Marian captured first place in the Reavis IHSA Sectional on Feb. 15 and sends nine individual entries to the IHSA State Tournament on February 21-22, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center.
Marian, which scored 48 points to edge out Oak Lawn (43) for the title, got second-place finishes from Laura Hilger (Dramatic Interpretation), Cooper Packard (Original Comedy, Special Occasion Speaking) and Kyliah Thompson (Original Oratory). Third-place Spartans qualifying for state included Milliner (Informative Speaking), Pavur (Prose Speaking) and Megan Ringo (Radio Speaking).
Six Champs Lead Marian to Southland College Prep Regional Title
Cristen Milliner won titles in Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking on Feb. 8 to lead six Marian Catholic champions, as the Spartans scored 65 points to win the Southland College Prep IHSA Regional championship. Marian also earned first place in Dramatic Interpretation (Laura Hilger), Extemporaneous Speaking (Myles Bradley), Original Oratory (Kyliah Thompson) and Special Occasion Speaking (Cooper Packard).
Megan Ringo captured a second place for Marian in Radio Speaking. Third-place points for the Spartans came from Emerson Pavur and Regina Hoyles (Dramatic Duet Acting), Alex Renzetti and Daniel Blewitt (Humorous Duet Acting), Hoyles (Humorous Interpretation) and Packard (Original Comedy), while the Performance in the Round of My Heart's in the Highlands earned a fourth place. Other fourth-place finishers included Desiree McCray in Poetry Reading and Pavur in Prose Reading.
Seven Champs Lead Marian to First at H-F Halloween Classic
Sparked by seven individual champions on October 26, 2012 Marian Catholic scored 217 points to capture first place in the Homewood-Flossmoor Halloween Classic. Marian individual champions included Joclyn Hutchison, Jocelyn Billheimer, Lucie Switaski, Emmaqline Krause, Dakari Shaw, Kaela Harber and Courtney Walker.
"Peter and the Starcatcher"
Marian Captures Third at IHSA State Behind Individual Champ Lyander
Led by a state championship effort from Pia Lyander in Poetry Reading, the Marian Catholic Speech team earned a third-place finish at the IHSA Indivdual Events State Tournament on February 16, 2013 in Peoria. Lyander's performance of "The Art of Fine Speech" helped spark the Spartan Speech team to 20 team points to finish only behind Normal University High (29 points) and Downers Grove South (26).
Cooper Packard added a second-place state finish for Marian in Special Occasion Speaking, while the tandem of Kyle Fitzgerald and Regina Hoyles earned third place in Humorous Duet Acting.
Marian earned valuable points with three other top six finishes, as Fitzgerald teamed with Michelle Caperelli for a fifth-place effort in Dramatic Duet Acting, Kyliah Thompson was fifth in Oratorical Declamation and Jasmine Jackson captured sixth place in Informative Speaking.
Marian Wins Sectional to Send Nine Entries to IHSA State
The 2013 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will be unfolding on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, at the Peoria Civic Center. The Marian Catholic Spartans won first place at the IHSA Reavis Sectional Tournament with a 51-point finish. Eight students earned third place or above in nine events.
The MCHS speech team members that will go on to the state finals include; Kyle Fitzgerald ’13, Park Forest, and Michelle Caperelli ’13, Chicago Heights, in Dramatic Duet Acting; Cristin Milliner ’14, Richton Park, in Impromptu Speaking; Kyliah Thompson ’14, Richton Park, in Oratorical Declamation; Kyle Fitzgerald ’13 and Regina Hoyles ’14, Olympia Fields, in Humorous Duet Acting; Pia Lyander ’13, Hazel Crest, in Humorous Interpretation; Jasmine Jackson ’13, Country Club Hills, in Informative Speaking; Regina Hoyles in Original Comedy; Cooper Packard ’14, Lansing, in Special Occasion Speaking.
The 2013 state meet marks the 73rd annual edition of the state final and the fourth year that the Peoria Civic Center has hosted the event. State champions will be crowned in 14 events over the course of the meet, including an overall team champion based upon points earned in each individual event. A top team will also be recognized in the Performance in the Round category, although that event does not earn points toward the overall team title.
Marian First at Lemont for Sixth Straight Invitational Title
The returning champs, Marian Catholic’s Speech Team successfully defended its title by finishing in first place on Saturday, January 12 at the Lemont Pow Wow Tournament. The team placed first in six categories, resulting in a 32-point advantage over second place.
"We have seen excellence in this group of students this year," said Mark Donaway, MCHS Speech Director. "I am repeatedly impressed with the performance and dedication the team conveys."
Team members who finished in first place include: Emerson Pavur ’15, Monee, and Michelle Caperelli ’13, Chicago Heights, in Dramatic Duet Acting; Tiffany Pia Lyander ’13, Hazel Crest, in Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation; Kyle Fitzgerald ’13, Park Forest, and Regina Hoyles ’14, Olympia Fields, in Humorous Duet Acting; Cooper Packard ’14, Lansing, in Prose Reading; and Kenneth Pilota Jr. ’13, Chicago Heights, in Radio Speaking.
Cooper Packard ’14, Lansing, placed second and Jasmine Jackson ’13, Country Club Hills, placed third in Special Occasion Speaking; Jasmin Weaver’13, Calumet City, placed second in Original Oratory; Regina Hoyles ’14, Olympia Fields, placed second, and DeAira Cooper ’13, Lynwood, placed fifth in Original Comedy; Daniel Blewitt ’14, Crete, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation; Kyliah Thompson’14, Richton Park, placed third Oratorical Declamation; DeAngelo Davis ’15, Lynwood, and Ken Pilota ’13, Chicago Heights, placed fourth in Humorous Duet Acting.
Also, Daniel Blewitt ’14, Crete, and Kyle Fitzgerald ’13, Park Forest, placed fourth in Dramatic Duet Acting; Alexis Humphrey ’15, Chicago Heights placed fourth in Prose Reading; Cristen Milliner ’14, Richton Park, placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking; Jasmine Jackson '13, Country Club Hills, placed fourth, and Cristen Milliner ’14, Richton Park, placed sixth in Informative Speaking; Hannah Lang ’13 Monee, places sixth in Poetry Reading; and Megan Ringo ’14, Crete, placed sixth in Radio Speaking.
Marian Earns Impressive Title at Thornridge Tree Tournament
Marian Catholic High School’s Speech Team took first place at the Thornridge Tree Tournament on Saturday, December 1 with an impressive 424 points.
"The Marian Speech team dominated the tournament because of strong focus and preparation," said Mark Donaway, Marian Catholic Speech Team Head Coach.
Top scorers for Marian included Tiffany Pia Lyander ’13, Hazel Crest, first in Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation; Cristen Milliner ’14, Richton Park, first in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Informative Speaking; Regina Hoyles ’14, Olympia Fields, first in Original Comedy and third in Informative Speaking; Jasmine Jackson ’13, Country Club Hills, first in Special Occasion Speaking; Kyliah Thompson ’14, Richton Park, second in Oratorical Declamation and sixth in Prose Reading; Hannah Lang ’13, Monee, third in Poetry Reading; Emerson Pavur ’15, Monee, third in Prose Reading; Daniel Blewitt ’14, Crete.
Also, Kyle Fitzgerald ’13, Park Forest, fourth in Dramatic Duet Acting; Scott Mlcoch ’13, Munster, Ind., fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking; Laura Hilger ’14, Oak Forest, fifth in Dramatic Interpretation; Marcus Webster ’15, Hazel Crest, fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking; Desiree McCray ’14, Country Club Hills, fifth in Poetry Reading; Lexi Humphrey ’15, Chicago Heights, sixth in Prose Reading; Megan Ringo ’14, Crete, sixth in Radio Reading; and Finalist included Jasmin Weaver’13, Calumet City.
Marian Dominates Own Invite Behind 5 Event Champions
In dominating fashion Marian Catholic rolled up 444 points in its own Marian Catholic Invitational on November 10. Marian's strong effort was led by individual champions Dan Blewitt, Cooper Packard, Pia Lyander, Holly Dankowski, Kyliah Thompson and Regina Hoyles.
Three champs key Marian to 3rd at Eisenhower Invitational
Gabbi Foster earned first place in Prose Reading and Holly Dankowski was first in Original Comedy and Radio Speaking on Saturday, November 3 to lead the Marian Catholic Speech Team to a third-place finish in the Eisenhower Early Bird Novice Tournament. Marian also notched three second-place finishes, including Marcus Webster in Extemporaneous Speaking, Alex Renzetti in Special Occasion Speaking and the team of Renzetti and Sylvester Bracey in Dramatic Duet Acting.
Third-place finishers for Marian were Jo An in Original Oratory, Kaylin DesJardins in Poetry Reading and Kaylee Wiater in Radio Speaking. Other Marian placers included Kyle Walker (fourth in Informative Speaking, finalist in Original Oratory), Julia Kapocius (fifth in Dramatic Interpretation), Maranda Brink (fifth in Oratorical Declamation), Kapocius-Brink (fifth in Humorous Duet Acting), Chima Ndukwe (sixth in Original Comedy), Alex Stechman and Chris Korfiatis (both finalists in Extemporaneous Speaking).
Walker Leads Marian to 4th in H-F Invitational
Freshman Kyle Walker earned first place in Original Oratory and second place in Informative Speaking to lead Marian Catholic to a fourth-place overall finish on Oct. 27 at the Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational.
Marian captured top six finishes in 12 different events including Original Oratory (Josephine An, second), Informative Speaking (MacKenzie Bainbridge, fourth), Radio Speaking (Kaylee Wiater, fifth; Holly Dankowski, sixth), Humorous Duet Acting (Julia Kapocus and Maranda Brink, fifth), Dramatic Duet Acting (Sylvester Bracey and Alex Renzetti, fifth), Special Occasion Speaking (Bracey, third; Renzetti, sixth), Original Comedy (Dankowski, fourth; Chima Ndukwe, fifth), Prose Reading (Gabbi Foster, third; Lexi Humphrey, fourth), Poetry Reading (Humphrey, fourth; Kayln Desjardins, sixth), Oratorical Declamation (Alex Martin, fourth), Humorous Interpretation (Renae Melone, fourth) and Extemporaneous Speaking (Chris Korfiatis, fifth).
Marian Captures Group Interpretation IHSA State Championship
With its performance of "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio," Marian Catholic captured the IHSA Group Interpretation state championship on March 24 at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
The state title cast includes Jaboukie Young-White, Summer Fields, Kyle Fitzgerald, Courtneigh Summerise, Kyliah Thompson, Dan Blewitt, Ken Pilota, Cooper Packard, Emerson Pavur, Hannah Lang, Laura Hilger and Scott Mlcoch. Marian edged out local rivals Thornwood and Homewood-Flossmoor for the title.
Marian Catholic’s Ten Member Group Interpretation Team Places Third at the IHSA State Championships.
Group Interpretation (GI) is an event offered in March with only two tournaments, Sectionals and the State Finals. It is a thirty-minute performance, in which three or more students present a piece of literature, working cohesively as an ensemble.
Anchored by seniors Alex Gallinaro, Mary Lou Herbias and Conor Keane, the group’s presentation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, impressed audiences with both "Southern" humor and uncomfortable racial tension, common in depression-era Alabama.
Keane, who played family patriarch Atticus Finch, said "Although I’ve been in GI for three years, and we’ve reached the state finals each year, this was the most difficult role I’ve had. Playing an adult with such personal courage and conviction required a great deal of focus and effort."
Herbias, having started out as a member of the crew, earned speaking roles as both a junior and senior.
"I personally like the amount of work that goes into these productions," she said. "It’s what motivated me to audition. Every individual has to give 100 percent to be successful as a group."
"The entire cast worked hard to master the dialogue, which is completely foreign to their way of speaking," said Mark Donaway, Marian’s Speech coach. "Giving a piece with such racially-charged undertones to a group of high school students only illuminates the depth and range of their abilities. The Marian Catholic community, with its rich diversity, is a supportive, caring environment where students can really go all-out in their performances."
Hard work does not go unrewarded. Marian Catholic has placed among the top speech teams in the state for several years.
Marian Catholic Captures 2nd in State Behind 2-time Champ Wlos
Senior Joe Wlos won state championships in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking to lead Marian Catholic to a second-place finish at IHSA State for Speech Individual Events. In all, eight Marian entries finished in the top six in state. Below is a listing of the performances that led to Marian's runner-up finish.
IHSA STATE TOURNAMENT (at Peoria Civic Center)
Team standings: 1. Downers Grove South 38, 2. Marian Catholic 26, 3. Wheaton Warrenville South 23, 4. Belleville West 19, 5. Richards 14, 6. Glenbard West and Oak Lawn 13, 8. Thornwood and Downers Grove North 12, 10. Prospect 11.
Marian individual placers
Dramatic Duet Acting: 4. Kiayla Jackson and Lamar Riddle.
Extemporaneous Speaking: 1. Joe Wlos (STATE CHAMPION).
Humorous Duet Acting: 3. Adam King and Kiayla Jackson.
Impromptu Speaking: 1. Joe Wlos (STATE CHAMPION).
Original Oratory: 6. Jaboukie Young-White.
Performance in the Round: 4. Marian Catholic.
Prose Reading: 5. Adam King.
Special Occasion Speaking: 3. Conor Keane.
Award-Winning Marian Catholic Speech Team
One of the largest activities at Marian, the Speech Team competes on the I.H.S.A. level from August to February traveling to 8-12 competitions a year. This prestigious, award-winning program focuses on 14 individual events in Acting, Speaking and Interpretation that culminate in Team awards. Under the direction of Mr. Mark Donaway and a professional staff of 7, the Marian Speech Team boasts an abundance of awards and championships. Auditions held in late August.
Performance In The Round – The 2008 and 2016 State Champions compete as part of the Speech Team circuit. The P.I.R. focuses on Acting and storytelling as part of the theatrical process on the I.H.S.A. level. Auditions are held in early January.
Group Interpretation – The 2010 and 2012 State Champions have quickly become one of the most popular theatrical activities at Marian. Students compete on the I.H.S.A. level focusing on the art of oral interpretation and storytelling.
Fall Play – A full length play or cutting is presented with full theatrical production values. Acting, set design, costume design and make-up are an integral part of this theatrical experience. Auditions are held in early September.
Spring Musical – An amazing collaboration of the Theatre, Speech, Choral and Band programs where students present a full length musical with solid production values. Past productions of "Beauty and the Beast," "The Sound of Music," "Godspell," "West Side Story" and "42nd Street" have garnered critical acclaim!! Students focus on singing, dancing, and acting. Auditions held in early February.
Stage Design Techs – Students participate in the "behind the scenes" part of the Theatre Department where they design, build and learn about lighting, sound and practical scenic design. Students also participate as crew members for all of the Marian Speech and Theatre productions. Sign up in early September.
The cast of "Protestants Cry, Too" celebrate their 2010 State Championship in Springfield, IL