Auburn student wins first speech title for District 205 in 57 years

PEORIA – Aryan Arora this weekend accomplished something a Rockford Public Schools student hadn’t accomplished since John F. Kennedy was president.

Arora took first place in the IHSA Individual Events state meet in theĀ  Impromptu Speaking category.

Arora was the first District 205 to win an IHSA state speech competition since Doug Adams of West took first in Extemporaneous Speaking in 1962-1963. Adams went on to a storied career as a theology professor, founding the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education in Berkeley, California.

Jefferson’s Jada Cox also qualified for state this week in poetry reading, but Jada did not place.

Arora, who was one of 14 RPS students to be named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, is just the seventh Rockford Public Schools winner ever in IHSA speech competition.

The complete list of winners is below:

Year Event Student, School
1945-1946 Original Oratory Jim Valentine, East
1948-149 Original Oratory Mary Lou Carter, East
1951-1952 Original Oratory Claudia Johnson, East
1952-1953 Orignal Comedy Darol Blanck, West
1954-1955 Comedy Reading Ronnie Husman, East
1962-1963 Extemporaneous Seaking Doug Adams, West
2019-2020 Impromptu Speaking Aryan Arora

Posted on 02.23.20