This weekendís tournament at Kokomo, Ind., was extremely important to the
Chesterton High School Debate team for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, one half of the team has finally begun debate on the
topics selected for the post season. Secondly, with only two regular season
tournaments coming up this weekend, this was one of the last chances to
impress their competitors and coaches. Considering the importance of the
tournament, the CHS team made quite an impression on the rest of the state.
Public forum debate began the month with the topic of aid to the Sahel
region of Africa. The varsity teams of Hannah Vasquez/Jessica Ratel-Khan
(1st), Miranda Whah/Taryn Trusty (2nd), Savannah Tipton/Eric Richardson
(3rd), Matt Eggers/Salman Lakhani (5th), and Nate Burris/Tyler Colvin (6th)
proved to be well prepared to begin the topic.
By placing five of the top six teams, Chestertonís public forum teams
offered up its most impressive regular season tournament results ever. The
success continued in the JV division with Hunter Warren/Nate Scheerer (1st),
Keagan Wong/Chase Pickford (2nd), Mark Wilcox/Hayden Hodge (4th), and Johnny
Mario/Kevin Jugovic (5th), all taking home awards.
Lincoln-Douglas began their new topic about resource extraction in
developing countries. Don Reinert was the tournament champion followed by
teammates Corinne Leopold (3rd), Eric Zhong (4th), and Galen Wong (7th).
In the novice division, Katrina Balon was the tournament champion, followed
by Quinlan Doolin (4th) and Joanna Kowalczyk (5th). Because the novices
competed simultaneously with the JV, Balon was also awarded second in that
In varsity policy debate, the teams of Alex Genetski/Zach Bogich were
undefeated and placed third while teammates Emily Perc