The Chesterton High School Debate team braved adversity as well as terrible
weather to win their fourth consecutive State Championship.
The team scored
71 total points to take home the championship defeating rival West Lafayette
High School by 30.5 points. This was Chesterton’s 21st State Championship.
The story of the
day was in Policy Debate where the team scored 38 points in having four of
the top five teams in the state.
Kalina Smith and
Victoria Simms were the team’s top finisher in any event after they made it
to final round before falling to the champions from Penn High School. Warren
Fasone and Cassidy Peretin along with TJ Jaegar and Michael Anderson were
Semifinalists. Jon Vincent and Justin Reed were quarterfinalists, putting
them fifth overall for the tournament.
In Public Forum
Debate, the team had two quarterfinalists in the teams of Katie Tymorek and
Mary Kovach and Nikita Chawla and Summer Stockwell.
Lakhani and Taryn Trusty survived the preliminary rounds and made it all the
way to the Octafinal round.
debate had two individuals advance to the elimination portion of the
advanced into the Quarterfinal round and Corinne O’Brien advanced to the
Debate proceeds slightly different from the rest of the events. Where the
other three only advance 16 teams into the single elimination part of the
tournament, Congress is divided into three stages. From the preliminary
round, the top nine in five chambers advance to Semifinals and from there
only the top six from three chambers advance to the final round.
Leopold and Andrew Caratini qualified for the semifinal round. Robert
Conrick and Eric Dreischerf qualified for the final round and received
awards on stage; Conrick was ninth overall and Dreischerf was fourth overall
in the state.
also represented the congressional debate team as a presiding officer and
was selected to preside over the semifinal round; earning her the title of
Speaker of the House.
The team is
coached jointly by Chris Lowery and Scott Woodhouse and they both felt that
this was an exceptional end to a difficult year.
“This year was a
bit of a rollercoaster where teams truly challenged us, but our kids worked
hard all year long and had their best tournament when it mattered. This team
will always be remembered for how much effort they put into being
champions,” said Lowery. He went on to add extra thoughts about the teams’
senior class, “Corinne, Robert, Brandon, Mary, Katie, and Warren all brought
different skill sets to the table, but did an incredible job mentoring an
extremely young team. I’m proud that they were able to achieve the feat of
winning a state championship in every year of their high school careers.”
state team members who represented Chesterton were Michael Leopold, Brandon
Moore, Christian O’Brien, and Ronnie Kovach.
The team was
accompanied by former graduates including Tim Young who has been helping
with the team at virtually every single tournament as well as two other team
members Brett Lara and Miranda Whah.
being their fourth straight title, the team has won a staggering 21 out of
24 titles in a row. West Lafayette were runners up, Penn came in third,
Brebeuf Jesuit fourth, Munster fifth, and Valparaiso sixth.