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CHS Debate season officially underway

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Chesterton High 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.

Previously, Chesterton competed at this event as an honored guest rather than participant.

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.

Chesterton advanced 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.

Besides selecting 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.



Posted 10/1/2018




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