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CHS debate team qualifies 7 for Nationals

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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.

Chestertonís last 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.



Posted 1/22/2020




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