In the past 15
years, the CHS debate team has won thirteen state titles and finished as
runners-up twice. Reverse those numbers and you have the record of the
team’s biggest rival, West Lafayette.
While there is no
real ‘home court’ in debate, Director of Forensics, Chris Lowery, says that
the team is always extra motivated to have a strong tournament when they
travel to West Lafayette. “The team gets a little bit hyped for this one,”
he said. “There is nearly always a boost in performance for kids that are
competing at their home meet; our team did an excellent job this weekend of
proving that we are still a team to be reckoned with.”
There were numerous
strong varsity performances, but this tournament really showcased the next
generation of the team. CHS won two of the four novice divisions; the team
had performed well in each all year, but had struggled to come away on top.
The teams of Sam Burris and Tim Wheeler and Alexis Ioannidis and Sidney
Pittman broke that streak, finishing as the top two teams. Burris and
Wheeler were undefeated. Mark Jewison and Milena Veltri took home the title
novice Policy debate while teammates Brian Hanson and Lilli Griffith came in
fourth. In the novice division of Congressional debate, Ethan Kroft was
fifth in his chamber.
On the varsity side
of the tournament, Elli Didonna finished undefeated and came in third in
varsity LD. She was joined by CHS’s Jonathan Sumita in sixth.
The world school
debate trio of Elia Livovich, Nathan Osborn, and Zoe Swanson came in third
during their first outing in the event. Jon Petro was eighth in a crowded
varsity Congressional debate chamber.
Lastly, CHS took
five of the top eight spots in the varsity division of policy debate. Ben
Hoham and Hattie Hoham led the way (3rd), followed by Gianna Galante and
Madison Simms (4th), Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan (6th), Jackson Fleming
and Shae Hisaw (7th), and Devin Michael and JD Cory (8th).