The Chesterton High
School Speech and Debate team took four of the six available slots for the
national tournament in the second leg of the Northwest Indiana district
series. Unlike the regular season, debaters competed as individual entries;
meaning that there is the opportunity for teammates to knock each other out.
Competitors continue to debate until the last two teams are left after
surviving the tournamentís grueling double-elimination format.
CHS won both of the
spots in Public Forum debate with Grace Whah and Emily Krygoske taking first
place overall and the team of Alexis Ioannidis and Sidney Pittman joining
them as district champions in second place. Each CHS team compiled a record
of 5-1 with Ioannidis and Pittman receiving a bye for their last round;
while Whah and Krygoske were selected to debate a team from Munster for the
final spot; whom they unanimously defeated on all three judgesí ballots.
This is the second
consecutive trip to nationals in Public Forum for the seniors, Whah and
Krygoske, and is the third consecutive qualification for Whah. Ioannidis and
Pittman are both sophomores and this will be their first trip to nationals.
The other Chesterton entries of Nick Hanson and Tim Wheeler, along with Luke
Vetrotsky and Sam Burris tied for eighth overall.
Chesterton took the
top spot in Policy debate with the team of Ryan Donovan and Ethan Dibble
achieving a perfect record of 6-0 for the tournament. The remaining spot
went to Lyvia Li and Luke Brown from Penn High School. CHSís Madison Simms
and Gianna Galante took third place after being defeated via a 2-1 judges
decision to Li and Brown in the final round. Mark Jewison and Milena Veltri
were the second alternates after finishing fourth overall and Ben Hoham and
Hattie Hoham came in fifth place.
Donovan and Dibble
are both juniors at CHS and this will be their first time representing
Chesterton at the national tournament.
qualifier came in the event of Lincoln-Douglas with Bella Auricchio
defeating her teammate Ian Quinn in the final round to take second place.
The top finisher was Munsterís Anuska Majety. The match-up between Auricchio
and Quinn was unfortunate for Chesterton as each had an equal chance with
Majety of drawing the bye when it was only the three remaining. CHSís Elia
Livovich came in fifth place and Nathan Osborn came in ninth.
Auricchio is a
junior at CHS and this is her first time qualifying for nationals.
The last leg of
national qualification occurs in early March, when eight speech events
participate in their district tournament.
Chesterton won the
overall sweepstakes for the tournament with a score of 38 to Munsterís 12
points. The events of Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate are coached by
Joshua Coots and the Policy team is taught by Chris Lowery; both are members
of the CHS social studies department.
The team ends its
Indiana season this weekend at the IHSFA State Championships.