High School in Goshen opened its doors virtually for the second competition
of the IHSFA debate season and Chesterton dominated with an 89 to 52 victory
over Carmel. This was Chesterton’s first time attending a Bethany Christian
event, as the building for Bethany Christian has previously been too small
to host large in-person tournaments.
The team took home
titles in three of the four varsity events that it entered with Peyton Day
winning Congressional debate. The team of Tim Wheeler and Luke Vetroczky
were champions in Public Forum, and there was an unbreakable tie for first
place in Policy debate between the Chesterton teams of Ethan Dibble/Ryan
Donovan and Mark Jewison/Milena Veltri. Additionally, Katie Pampalone went
undefeated to win the novice Lincoln-Douglas championship.
Forum had the biggest turnaround in results from the previous week’s season
opener. In addition to the top spot, Chesterton took home third place
courtesy of Alexis Ioannidis and Sidney Pittman, fourth place via Sarah
Sahli and Zander Fish, and fifth place thanks to Jackson Jessen and Saanya
Agarwal’s efforts. Riste Miroski and Sam Burris finished in seventh place
overall. The team of Audrey Whisman and Hilary Reibly came in fourth place
in their very first tournament.
Megan Nowka and
Riley Hawksworth (5th) and Freedom Eiden and Jonathon McClure (6th) placed
in varsity policy debate while the teams of Ira Kashyap and Sophia Worden
(3rd) and Brayden Blouir and Elias Chambers (4th) received awards at the
In addition to
Pampalone, Megan Wilcox came in fifth place in novice Lincoln-Douglas while
Summer Machnik was seventh and Kai Marten came in eighth overall. Brody
Gorski was Chesterton’s only competitor in novice Congressional debate and
came in sixth place while also serving as the chamber’s Presiding Officer.