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.
Tribune photo by David Pierini
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