The Chesterton High
School Debate team has gotten off to a fast start through their first three
tournaments. Last weekend the team competed at West Lafayette’s invitational
tournament. The team was led by a dominating effort from its Congressional
Megan Daye won the
varsity version of the event, followed closely by teammates Paul Petro
(2nd), Creighton Gaff (4th), and Maddy Wilson (8th). Sid Augustyn took top
honors in the novice division, followed by Emily Krygoske in second place,
and Jessica Maatouk, who came in sixth place in her first tournament.
Public Forum (PF)
debate had three teams place in the top eight. Kevin Jugovic and Johny Mario
(4th), Branden Wong and Azeez Lakhani (6th), and Hayden Hodge and Katelyn
Balakir (8th) all took home honors while the novice team of Madison Wrigley
and Sofia Winski were tournament runner’s up in the novice division.
(3rd) led the way for Chesterton in varsity Lincoln-Douglas (LD) and was
followed by teammates Katrina Balon (4th) and Madi Ghoreishi (7th). Leaha
Estes (7th) was Chesterton’s only novice to place in LD. The final event of
Policy debate saw JD Cory and Connor Wantuch came in 3rd place while Keagan
Wong and Sydney Ghoreshi were 5th in the varsity division.
All three teams
placed in the novice division in the order of Tino Martinez and Shane Fabbri
(3rd), Dustin Bucher and Madison Simms (4th), and Devin Michael and Ben
Hoham (6th). There was no sweepstakes team award for the tournament.
In the weekend
prior the team took home the sweepstakes trophy at the Valparaiso High
School tournament. Among the largest highlights for the tournament were
Kaylinn Woolever and Ryan Day going undefeated to win varsity PF. The teams
of Eli Winski and Balakir (3rd) as well Hodge and Mark Wilcox (4th) placed.
The novice division
was won by Grace Whah and Zach Mullins, but also saw Bella Jennings and Owen
Cowsert (2nd) as well as Wrigley and Winski (3rd) place. Balon came in
second in the varsity division of LD. Bucher and Simms won novice policy
with Martinez and Fabbri coming in second place. Luke Gregurich and Sajag
Agarwal were the top policy team for Chesterton in fourth place.
in a number of runner-up placings for CHS. In varsity, Petro took home the
honor while Krygoske and Augustyn tied for second in novice.
season started three weeks ago at Penn High School. Hannah Geiss (1st) and
Zac Claahsen (2nd) took top honors in varsity LD. Petro won the varsity
Congress while Sid Augustyn came in first in novice. Anekah Fish was the
runner up at the novice level.
The team took three
of the top four spots in varsity PF with the teams of Hodge and Wilcox
(2nd), Woolever and Day (3rd), and Balakir and Nate Scheerer all going