Southland College Prep Charter High School seniors Morgan Brown, Nneka Onyeka and Aronna Wynne medaled in the IHSA speech and forensics sectional and qualified for the state finals. | Supplied photo by John Smierciak for Southland College Prep
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:09AM
Southland College Prep Charter High School seniors Morgan Brown, Aronna Wynne and Nneka Onyeka earned medals in the Reavis Sectional of the IHSA speech and forensic tournament on Saturday and qualified for the Feb. 21 and 22 state finals in Peoria, according to a news release from Southland College Prep.
They are to compete in four different events in the state finals, the release said.
Brown, 17, of Matteson, earned a second-place medal in poetry reading at Reavis and took third place in oratorical declamation, giving her a spot in the state finals for the third time. She earned a state championship medal last year in dramatic duet acting with her partner, Alexus Newson.
Onyeka, 18, of Richton Park, earned her place in the state finals by taking first in special occasion speaking at the sectional.
Wynne, 17, of Olympia Fields, took first in dramatic interpretation at Reavis.
“The performances of these three Southland College Prep Charter High School students confirms our conviction that this new school is capable of earning its stripes as a true competitor in IHSA speech and forensics,” Southland College Prep CEO Blondean Davis said in the news release. “Their talented and dedicated coach, Ms. Cheryl Frazier, director of forensics and theater, together with her team, have trained our students well.”
Southland College Prep placed fifth in the sectional with 27 points. Marian Catholic High School took top honors with 48 points; Oak Lawn High School was runner-up with 43 points; Homewood-Flossmoor High School earned 31 points; and Shepard High School placed fourth with 30 points, according to the release.