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CHS debate team has success in runup to post season

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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 division.

In varsity policy debate, the teams of Alex Genetski/Zach Bogich were undefeated and placed third while teammates Emily Percifield/Kaley Brown came in seventh. At the novice level Liz Bolek/Sajag Agarwal came in second.

Finally, Chesterton placed two in varsity congressional debate. Andrea Drygas was 6th while Andrew Caratini placed third.

The team has one more remaining regular season tournament next weekend at Plymouth High School and then the district qualifying tournament for nationals, followed by the state debate tournament, held at Ben Davis High School.



Posted 1/13/2014