The high school debate team split itís squad on Saturday, sending a small
group of Public Forum debaters to Buffalo Grove, a northern suburb of
Chicago, to see competition from Illinois. Chesterton was the talk of the
tournament after it was announced that they had three of the four qualifying
teams in the varsity division.
After Chesterton advanced from both sides of the bracket, the teams of
Salman Lakhani/Matt Eggers and Tyler Colvin/Nate Burris were declared
co-champions of the tournament. Hannah Vasquez/Jessica Ratel-Khan were
semifinalists for the tournament. Lakhani (8th), Eggers (7th), and Colvin
(6th) all received individual speaker awards.
did not award a Sweepstakes award, but had over 30 schools in
The majority of the team spent the weekend on the campus of Indiana
University Northwest. Chesterton took three of the top four spots in varsity
Policy debate. Tim Vincent/Joel Peterson were the tournament champions with
Nadia Mario/Katherine Bolek (3rd), and Alex Genetski/Zach Bogich (4th) also
placing. Liz Bolek/Sajag Agarwal continued their successful first year with
a second place finish in the novice division.
Freshman Quinlan Doolin was the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas. This
marks her first tournament win of the season. Zach Claashen (5th) and Trevor
Krygier (6th) also contributed to a strong day for the team. At the varsity
level, Corinne Leopold (5th) and Don Reinert (6th) received recognition for
Chesterton was particularly dominant in the novice division of Public Forum,
taking the top four spots. Johnny Mario/Kevin Jugovic were named tournament
champions for the first time, followed by Nicki Achor/Lennon Metz (2nd),
Clay Lembcke/Drake Moss (3rd), and Chase Pickford/Keagan (4th). In the
varsity division Miranda Whah/Taryn Trusty were the tournament runnerís up
while Hayden Biggs/Victoria Bain (7th) and Nate Gowen/Natalle Kezy (8th)
No sweepstakes were given at the IUN tournament, which was attended by 12
schools from around the state.