Chesterton's Debate team finished out the regular season at Plymouth High
School over the weekend. The tournament marks the end of the year for
novices and the beginning of the postseason for the varsity debaters. The
novice's finished their season in the best way possible, winning three of
the four available championships.
Joanna Kowakzyk (Lincoln-Douglas), Fred Owens and Nathan Poczekay (Policy),
and Hayden Hodge and Mark Wilcox (Public Forum) all bested their opponents
for the top honors in their event. Keagan Wong and Chase Pickford finished
third in Public Forum while Bailey Valtierra came in sixth in Congressional
The varsity team had a much tougher day. The bright spot was in
Congressional Debate, where Mikaela Meyer earned first. She was joined on
the stage by teammates Andrea Drygas (3rd), Andrew Caratini (6th), and
Jordan Sweet (8th). JP Pritchard was awarded the gavel for being the best
The other success of the tournament was in the varsity division of Public
Forum. Matt Eggers and Miranda Whah went undefeated, but finished fourth on
the tie breaker. Savannah Tipton and Eric Richardson finished at 3 - 1 for
sixth place overall.
The team competes this weekend at Penn High School for the right to attend
the National Tournament in June.