Cooper Packard, of Lansing, a student at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, won the IHSA state speech championship in Special Occasion Speaking. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 19, 2014 7:45PM
Marian Catholic High School’s Cooper Packard recently claimed the state title in Special Occasion Speaking.
“After finishing in second last year, I had my sights set on only one thing, and that was being a state champion,” Packard said in a press release from the Chicago Heights school. “The amount of attention and greetings I received was greatly appreciated. I didn’t really expect that.”
Packard received multiple first-place votes in the preliminary rounds before saving his best act for the finals and receiving the honor of being named state champion.
Marian Catholic’s speech team had representatives in nine of the 15 categories in the event at the Peoria Civic Center, according to the release.
“I’m very proud of the entire team and the accomplishments they achieved throughout the year,” Marian Catholic speech director Mark Donaway said in the release. “Regional and sectional champions are great honors. They have a lot to be proud of.”
Emerson Pavur and Regina Hoyles placed sixth at state in Dramatic Duet Acting.
The speech team is preparing for the Group Interpretation Sectionals, slated for March 22 at Thornton High School in Harvey, according to the release.
The Spartans also will be getting ready for this year’s musical, “Shrek,” to be held at Marian Catholic, 700 Ashland Ave., from April 8 to 13.