weekends, the Chesterton High School Debate team qualified contestants for
the 2014 National Tournament, to be held in Overland Park, Kansas.
Congressional Debate occurred this weekend at Fort Wayne Carroll HS. There
were four open qualification spots; two in each chamber of Congress.
In the Senate,
Mikaela Meyer dominated the competition to secure her third consecutive
district championship in this event. Meyer’s ranks from five judges totaled
six, while second place totaled eighteen.
Andrea Drygas was
able to capture the top spot in the House of Representatives, ensuring her
participation at the National Tournament. This was the second year in a row
that Drygas qualified in the House. The Congressional Debate team is coached
by first year teacher/coach Josh Coots. Both of the remaining qualification
spots were taken by Carroll High School.
Congressional team was awarded the overall team sweepstakes award, defeating
Carroll by a score of 30 to 27. Andrew Caratini was named second alternate
in the Senate. Don Reinert (4th), Eric Richardson (5th), Corinne Leopold
(6th), and Abby Burke (7th) all placed in the House of Representatives.
Burke and Drygas were named ‘outstanding presiding officers’ in the House.
Meyer and Drygas
will be joined by four debaters who qualified at Munster High School last
week as the result of a weather makeup. The team of Zach Bogich and Alex
Genetski as well as the team of Tim Vincent and Joel Peterson qualified for
the National Tournament in Policy Debate. This is the second consecutive
Policy debate title for Bogich and the first for the other three
Policy Debate is
coached by teacher/coach Chris Lowery.
Kaley Brown and
Emily Percifield were first alternates and Nadia Mario and Katherine Bolek
were second alternates.
qualification for the National Tournament is the last round of qualification
and is to be held in three weeks at Plymouth High School. The team currently
has 10 students qualified.