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CHS Debate team dominates Larry Stuber Memorial tourney

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The Chesterton High School debate team put together by far its best all around tournament to date in this season. Chesterton students won five of the eight divisions they entered at the Larry Stuber Memorial Tournament.

The teams most eye popping performance came from the members competing in Congressional debate. The team took the top four spots with Sid Augustyn taking home his first tournament championship at the varsity level. He was followed closely by teammates Paul Petro (2nd), Creighton Gaff (3rd), and Megan Daye (4th).

Coach Joshua Coots was proud of his team. “The kids have worked hard to balance public speaking and analytical debate. The effort definitely pays dividends and I hope this sets a good precedent that other schools will follow,” he said.

Chesterton also took the top two spots in Lincoln-Douglas debate, another event taught by Coach Coots. Camma Duhamell was the only undefeated competitor and took home the top spot for her first ever tournament title. Hannah Geiss won three out of her four rounds and had the highest speaker points allowing her to take home the runner-up award. At the novice level, Bella Auricchio took home seventh place overall.

CHS took home the top spots in both levels of competition in Public Forum debate, an event coached by Dakota McCoy. At the varsity level, Grace Whah and Katelyn Balakir took home their first tournament title of the year by going undefeated. Also the teams of Bella Jennings and Salomae Minniear came in third, Emily Krygoske and Calvin Anders were fourth, and Connor Wantuch and Ryan Day were sixth. These performances were the highest varsity placings in the young careers of sophomores Whah, Jennings, Minniear, Krygoske, and Anders.

Also reaching a new high point for their first season were Jenna Aguilar and Nick Hanson who took home the tournament title in novice Public Forum. Luke Vetrocsky and Robbie Geiss went three and one and took home fourth place.

Ryan Donovan and Ethan Dibble won their second tournament of the year after taking home the Valparaiso title. The team of Jackson Fleming and Shae Hisaw also went three and one and had their best tournament coming in fourth for the tournament. Gianna Galante and Karina Martinez took sixth place. Additionally, the teams of Devin Michael and JD Cory (2nd), Sofia Winski and Madison Simms (3rd), and Ben Hoham and Matthew Jewison (8th) all placed in the varsity division of Policy debate.

The team’s performance earned it a second straight team sweepstakes championship after amassing a whopping 109 points to West Lafayette’s 61.5.

The team will now take a couple of weekends off and begin preparing for the December slate of tournaments which includes Chesterton’s home meet on December 9.


Posted 11/14/2017




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