The Chesterton High
School Debate team outscored its opponents with a final score of 90 compared
to Munster’s 70 and West Lafayette’s 60.5, in recent competition at Munster.
This was the second
straight regular season tournament win for the team. The largest portion of
the team’s points came from the event on Congressional Debate. Split into
two chambers at the varsity and novice level, the event counted for double
the points in the final total, a fact that was in Chesterton’s favor. In
varsity chamber A, Creighton Gaff, a senior, won the tournament and was
followed by his fellow senior and teammate Megan Daye, who placed second.
Sophomore Sid Augustyn took third. Paul Petro also won third place in the
second chamber of varsity Congress. Sanjana Raj was able to place first in
her novice chamber, her third tournament win in the first four competitions.
Mikayla Herko, another freshman debater, placed seventh.
JD Cory and Devin
Michael won first place in the varsity division of Policy debate. This was
the first tournament victory for the juniors. Additionally, the team of Ben
Hoham and Matt Jewison (5th) and the team of Madison Simms and Sofia Winski
(6th) also placed. At the novice level the teams of Ryan Donovan and Ethan
Dibble and Shae Hisaw and Jackson Fleming came in fifth place and sixth
Aguilar and Nick Hanson continued their three tournament trend of placing
second in the novice division of Public Forum. Charlie Skube and Violet
Joseph came in eighth place in their first tournament together. At the
varsity level, Grace Whah and Katelyn Balakir (3rd), Azeez Lakhani and
Branden Wong (5th), and Connor Wantuch and Ryan Day (6th) all took home
awards. This was the last tournament on the topic about South Korean missile
defense; the next month will be spent debating the subject of universal
background checks for all gun transfers.
had a number of students earn awards in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Hannah Geiss
was the highest placing at the varsity level, taking third while Sam Winski
came in fourth in his first competitive tournament for the event. Hunter
Stewart was the lone novice debater recognized from Chesterton, he placed
fifth. This event also switches topics in November and will begin to discuss
the obligations that wealthy nations have towards improvised nations.