State Champions: The Chesterton High School Debate team won its 15th
state championship, the seventh in a row, over the weekend. CHS entered 25
competitors in four events and 24 of them advanced to the elimination
rounds. Members of the State championship Speech and Debate team are
pictured here. Left to right are Emma Klein, Kristin Totten, Katelyn
Holsclaw, Bethany Bey, Emily Lawson, Jessica Recchia, Val Brown and Alison
Scribailo. Second row, Patricia Podguski, Courtney Cassler, Paige Himes, Tim
Ebert, Miranda Collins, Ali Retson and Ben Blohm. Back row, Kyle Huber, Matt
Mishler, Mike Frost, Kevin Weaver, Ryan Anderson, Doug Thorne, Mike Dunlap
and Tim Zervos. Absent from photo are Erin Potrzebowsi and Amy Zehner.
State champion public forum team, Ryan Anderson and Mike Dunlap
Chesterton High School won the State Debate Championship for the 15th time,
seventh in a row, this past weekend at Ben Davis High School in
Indianapolis. Twenty-six schools competed.
Chesterton entered 25 competitors in four events and 24 of them broke out of
preliminary competition to advance to the elimination rounds. Chesterton
scored 70 points; Brebeuf Prep School came in second with 37 points. Final
tabulation was still going on late Saturday evening. The CHS Team returned
home at 1a.m.
Public Forum Debate
Ryan Anderson and Mike Dunlap beat West Lafayette High School in the final
round to claim the state championship. This is the first year that this
debate event was offered at the tournament. Ben Blohm and Doug Thorne broke
to quarterfinals; Ali Retson and Miranda Collins and Paige Himes and
Courtney Cassler broke to octafinals.
Matt Mishler and Emily Lawson made it to the final round of the tournament
and lost on a 3-2 decision to Concord High School and thus took second
place. Tim Ebert and Val Brown broke to quarterfinals; Kevin Weaver and
Jessica Recchia and Emma Klein and Bethany Bey broke to octafinals.
Kyle Huber, Patricia Podguski, and Erin Potrzebowski all broke to the final
round of competition. Huber took fifth place; Podguski took sixth; and
Potrzebowski, eighth. Mike Frost broke to semifinals.
Katelyn Holsclaw broke to quarterfinals; Tim Zervos, Alison Scribailo, and
Kristin Totten all broke to octafinals.
The competition began Friday evening with two preliminary rounds and a third
round on Saturday morning. All competitors participate in the preliminary
rounds but only the top sixteen proceed to the elimination round of
octafinals. Elimination rounds are single loss elimination. There are four
debate events: Policy Team Debate; Public Forum Team Debate;
Lincoln-Douglas; and Congressional.
Chesterton High School debaters who participated in the meet include:
Lincoln-Douglas, Kristin Totten, Tim Zervos, Alison Scribailo and Katelyn
Public Forum: Ben Blohm and Doug Thorne, Paige Himes and Courtney Cassler,
Ryan Anderson and Mike Dunlap and Ali Retson and Miranda Collins.
Congress: Erin Potrzebowski, Kyle Huber, Patricia Podguski, Mike Frost, Amy
Policy: Jessica Recchia and Kevin Weaver, Emma Klein and Bethany Bey, Val
Brown and Tim Ebert, Matt Mishler and Emily Lawson.
“Numerous parents and graduates joined us this weekend to either support the
team and/or judge for the tournament while supporting our kids. The coaching
staff was great. Chris Lowery is a first year coach and had his first state
champion crowned this weekend. There will be many more. Carol Biel and Dave
Blumenthal did a great job with the Lincoln-Douglas kids. I am very proud of
all of them along with my congress and policy debaters. Thanks to the
community and Duneland School Corporation for their support,” said Jim