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CHS debate team rounding into midseason form

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Chesterton High 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 Sumita (5th).

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.

 

Posted 10/30/2018

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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