15th, with one being
the best. The two qualifiers were tied with a combined total of eight among
the three judges. After the tiebreaker it was determined that Creighton Gaff
took home the honorary title of first place, with Paul Petro being named
runner-up and the second representative of the Northeast Indiana District.
Gaff and Petro are
both juniors and this is the second time each of them have qualified for the
national tournament. Last year Petro was a qualifier in the same event;
while Gaff was able to qualify in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.
The third place
finisher, Jason Collins from Canturbury missed qualifying for the second
year in a row when his final tally from the judges added up to 16.
Chestertonís Maddy Wilson came in as the second alternate and Megan Daye
came in fifth.
students that qualified for the final round were Branden Wong, Devin
Michael, Azeez Lakhani, Emily Krygoske, and Zach Mullins. Chesterton took
home the team sweepstakes award for the tournament.
Also held at the
same time was the Concord debate tournament. Chestertonís PF teams took the
top five spots in an unusually small division for the event. The two person
teams in order of placing were Hayden Hodge and Mark Wilcox, Blake Holsclaw
and Josh Sensibaugh, Kaylinn Woolever and Ryan Day, Johny Mario and Kevin
Jugovic, and Katelyn Balakir and Nate Scheerer.
Katrina Balon went
undefeated to take second place in LD debate. She lost the tie breaker to
Sarah McGuire from LaPorte High School. Hannah Geiss earned third place
overall. The team of Sajag Agarwal and Luke Gregurich came in second place
in policy debate while Ben Hoham and Connor Wantuch placed fourth overall.
Finally, Chestertonís lone World School Debate team places second to the
team from Valparaiso. Chestertonís team in the newest debate event was
comprised of Kardiay Kirk, Casey Roberts, Aaron Drew, and Shane Fabbri.