The Chesterton High
School Speech & Debate hosted its annual debate tournament the second
weekend of December. The early morning snowfall prevented a number of
schools from participating, but the tournament was still host to more than
two hundred high school students from both Indiana and Illinois.
The home meet runs
a number of extra features compared to typical tournaments, including a
larger number of rounds, which are then used to determine the final placings.
Chesterton won the
varsity division of policy debate. Matt Jewison and Ben Hoham were the
tournamentís only undefeated team, while teammates JD Cory and Devin Michael
came in third with a 3-1 record overall. Madison Simms and Sofia Winski were
sixth and Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan came in eighth overall.
At the novice
level, Chestertonís top placing team was Gianna Galante and Karina Martinez
came in fourth; they were followed by teammates Shae Hisaw and Jackson
Fleming (5th) as well as Miles Janowski and Jon Sumita (6th). Hoham was the
top individual speaker for the varsity division, scoring 116 out of a
possible 120 points from his judges. Simms finished one point lower for
At the novice
level, Hisaw was the third best speaker and Sumita came in fourth.
Chesterton finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in varsity Congressional debate.
Creighton Gaff led the way and was tied with the winning student from
Munster. After nine different tiebreakers it was concluded that Gaff had
faced weaker competition and therefore placed second on strength of
schedule. Sid Augustyn was one point off of the top placingís and came in
third, while Megan Daye finished two points off of the top position.
Megan Daye was also
the runner up for the James Cavallo Leadership Gavel. This award is named in
honor of Chestertonís longest tenured debate coach in the history of its
program. This award is unique in the state and is the only award for which
the students vote on the winner of the competition.
Mikayla Herko, a
freshman, was named as one of the two outstanding presiding officers in the
chamber. Congressional debaters at this tournament debated legislation on
the current tax cut bill, conceal and carry reciprocity, private prisons,
and NATO expansion. Chesterton had a slew of top performances in the
category of Public Forum Debate. The teams of Connor Wantuch and Ryan Day,
Grace Whah and Katelyn Balakir, and Emily Krygoske and Zachary Mullins all
went 5-1 during the competition and placed 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively.
Alex Smzutko and
Rhianna Ritz were originally slated to debate at the Junior-Varsity level,
but were thrown in against the varsity teams during the competition. They
went 4-2 overall and placed 8th at the varsity level and were additionally
awarded first in the JV division. Owen Cowsert and Delano Davison were 4th
in JV. Chesterton took the top two spots in the novice division after each
of its teams compiled a 5-1 record. Nick Hanson and Jenna Aguilar took home
first place due to having higher speaker points than their teammates Charlie
Skube and Violet Joseph. Skube was the 3rd highest ranked speaker at the
novice level and Nick Hanson was 4th.
Camma Duhamell only
dropped one ballot and was the runner up in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Sam Winski came in 7th overall, but was rated as the top individual speaker
at the tournament. Bella Auricchio was the runner-up in the JV division and
Hunter Stewart came in 8th place at the novice level.
school debate team consisted of Amber Johnson, Kaylinn Woolever, Sam Disney,
and Luke Caylor and came in 3rd place.
weekend Chesterton took a small team south to support the new team of
Bloomington South, hosting their first tournament. Simms and Winksi won the
varsity policy division. Cory and Michael came in 3rd place. Congress
continued to dominate with Paul Petro, Sanjana Raj, and Megan Daye finishing
in the top 3 spots. Hannah Geiss won the varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas
and Chestertonís public forum teams took fourth through seventh; Bella
Jennings and Sal Minnear (4th), Whah and Balakir (5th), Azeez Lakhani and
Branden Wong (6th), and Krygoske and Mullins (7th).