School’s debate team isn’t known for slow starts, but coaches always preach
a steady approach.
“Debate is an
activity where there are learning opportunities each and every single week.
The regular season is designed for teams to try out unique approaches to
argumentation,” said program director Chris Lowery.
The past two weeks
had a number of ups and downs for the team, with an inconsistent performance
at Valparaiso (3rd place) and a strong comeback tournament win at Munster.
The most consistent
part of the team this year has been the Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debaters. At
the Valparaiso meet, Zachary Mullins was the only undefeated debater and
captured the tournament title. Jonathan Sumita, Bella Auricchio, and Elli
Didonna each finished with a record of three wins and one loss to finish
sixth, seventh, and eighth. Many of the names and records stayed the same
for the next week. At Munster, Ian Quinn joined the award winners with a
second place finish and was joined by Auricchio (3rd), Didonna (4th), and
LD coach Joshua
Coots was pleased with the progress of his debaters. “Many outsiders
considered this to be a rebuilding year for this part of our team, but the
early results show that these kids are ready to compete now,” he said.
Emily Krygoske and
Grace Whah won the first regular season title for varsity Public Forum at
Munster. Amassing a perfect record, they defeated the second place team from
Munster due to a stronger strength of schedule. It was nice payback this
week when Krygoske and Whah edged out the team they lost to at Valparaiso,
placing fourth overall. Azeez Lakhani and Sofia Winski came in fifth. Nathan
Osborn placed third in the novice division at Munster.
Sid Augustyn picked
up a third place finish at Valparaiso and a runner-up at Munster in varsity
Congressional Debate. Finn Babjak has consistently improved his placings and
came in sixth at Munster in the varsity division. Ethan Kroft came in sixth
in novice at Valparaiso and Savannah Hutchinson was fifth at Munster.
Policy debate has
seen Chesterton score in bunches, but not yet as high as they want to. At
Valparaiso the teams of Ben and Hattie Hoham (3rd), Madison Simms and Gianna
Galante (4th), Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan (5th), and JD Cory and Devin
Michael (6th) all placed. In Munster it was Dibble/Donovan (2nd) and Simms/Galante
(4th) in the winner’s column.
At the novice
level, Mark Jewison and Milena Veltri came in second place at Munster.
Veltri and her partner Emma Bolinger came in fifth at Valparaiso.