School officially kicked off the start of its title defense at the fall
Congress in LaPorte this past Saturday. The event serves to select
legislation that will be used for the national qualifying district
tournament. During the off season, Chesterton was moved into the Northwest
Indiana district, a reshuffling that was ordered by the national office.
Chesterton competed at this event as an honored guest rather than
The team was able
to usher the maximum amount of legislation through the committee process;
meaning that come January, they will have the advantage of sponsoring half
of the legislation at the district tournament.
legislation written by Emily Krygoske and Maggie Phillips that involved a
tax on vaping, subsidizing voter ID laws, limiting executive power on tariff
creation, and a bill regulating the pharmaceutical industry.
legislation, students squared off against each other for three rounds of
Congressional debate competition. CHS took two of the top three places in
the varsity division from a chamber that had over twenty students in it. Sid
Augustyn (2nd) and Emily Krygoske (3rd) narrowly lost to Trent McKenzie from
Plymouth High School.
CHS also had
several novices compete at their first tournament. The awards for this
division were split along chamber lines for the larger novice division. In
one of the chambers, Savannah Hutchinson was able to earn 5th place and Paul
Acevedo came in 8th. In the other chamber Chad Berdine came in 7th overall.
Next week the rest
of the events travel to compete at Munsterís novice tournament.