Tribune photo by David Pierini
February 14, 2009
Javon Smith stands in the middle of a circle of teammates from Thorton Township High School before the competitive speech sectional tournament at Reavis High School in Burbank, Ill. Smith was leading a chant to help the team prepare for the contest. Smith is a junior and is expected to be a captain on next year's team.
For more, see a photogallery on the Thorton speech team.