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CHS Debate team finds success at tourneys over the weekend

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The high school debate team split its squad between a tournament at Penn High School in Mishawaka and William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL, and had success at both tournaments.

At Penn the team of JD Cory and Devin Michael were the top policy debate team for the second weekend in a row after winning all four of their rounds. Madison Simms and Ben Hoham came in fifth place at the varsity level. All of the team’s novice policy teams placed with Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan taking the highest spot (third). They were followed by the teams of Gianna Galante/Karina Martinez (fifth), Josh Drew and Juan Ponce (sixth), and Shae Hisaw/Jackson Fleming (seventh).

The other champion for the team at Penn came in the form of novice Public Forum debaters Robbie Geiss and Luke Vetrosky who went 3-1 in order to win their division. At the varsity level of public forum, the team of Rhianna Ritz and Alex Smzutko came in sixth overall. Paul Petro was the lone entry to place in varsity Congressional Debate, earning sixth overall.

A small group attended an out of state tournament in an effort to vary their competition and see what techniques they could bring back to help advance their own craft. Hannah Geiss was the only undefeated entry in the varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas and consequently took home the tournament title. She was followed closely by her schoolmate Camma Duhamell, who won four of her five rounds and took third place overall.

There were thirty-one students competing in the field. At the novice level, Chesterton’s entries narrowly missed placing at the awards ceremony, but two entries, Hattie Hoham (sixth) and Isabella Auricchio (seventh), were honored with a ‘speaker’s award’ which is determined by the speakers’ points that each debater accumulates in a round.

In novice Public Forum, Nick Hanson and Jenna Aguilar were 12th out of 46 entries.




Posted 11/6/2017




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