For the third
season in a row, the Chesterton High School debate team finished the year on
top. This year was a heavyweight title fight between Chesterton and West
Lafayette with Chesterton winning by the score of 97 to 85.5. Valparaiso
came in third overall with 49.5 points overall.
title came in the policy debate division. Tim Vincent and Joel Peterson
managed to successfully defend their state title from last year by defeating
their teammates Connor Wantuch and Adam Myers in the final round. Although
individuals have been able to win back to back titles with different
partners, only Chestertonís Mark Jensen and Corey Amundson were able to
remain as partners and win back to back policy championships; an
accomplishment that was featured in the 1989-1990 seasons.
Coach Chris Lowery
explained that the target on a defending state champion makes it incredibly
difficult to repeat. ďEvery team knew that Tim and Joel were the team to
beat and had all year to prepare for them. Myers and Wantuch were more of a
surprise to the rest of the state.Ē The highest seed for Chesterton after
prelims, they defeated teams from Valpo, Penn, and West Lafayette before
faltering in the final round.
other teams ended up in the top 16 as Octafinalists. Eddie Young and Sam
Guiterrez fell to a team from Valpo, while Nate Poczekay and Fred Owens lost
Nearly 40% of the
teamís total points came from Public Forum. Hunter Warren and Eric
Richardson ended their debate careers as the state runner-up. They were
defeated by the champions from West Lafayette, Arjun Ramani and Claire
Hazbun, by a 3 -2 decision. Ramani and Hazbun were the only team that seemed
capable of defeating Chesterton. Kevin Jugovic and Eli Winski fell to them
in Quarters on a 2-1 decision, followed by Hayden Hodge and Mark Wilcox on a
2 -1 decision in semifinals. Victoria Bain and Nate Scheerer were defeated
by Warren/Richardson in the other semifinal. ďItís tough coming so close to
an individual state title, but we are incredibly proud of being able to work
together and see each one of our teamís finish in the top five overall,Ē
said Coach Lowery.
debate results were full of Chesterton names as well. After all four of
Chestertonís debaters made it to final round, they worked together to boost
all of their profiles. Creighton Gaff finished in fourth overall, followed
by Megan Daye in sixth, Mitchell Reynolds in seventh, and Natalle Kezy in
fifteenth overall. Congress was the largest event at the tournament with
nearly sixty competitors at the beginning of the tournament. Amber Tan of
Valparaiso won the Congressional state title.
World School debate
was held for the first time at the state tournament and although there are
plenty of kinks to work out, the event looks like a keeper. Chesterton was
only allowed to enter one team of five. The team of Josh Hogan, Sam Winski,
Johny Mario, Ayesha Khan, and Paul Petro finished in third place as a
semifinalist. They lost on a 2-1 decision to the eventual state champions
from Fisherís High School.
debate was dominated by Brebeuf Jesuit Academy and West Lafayette. Katrina
Balon and Camma Duhamell were both able to break out of prelims, but were
defeated by West Lafayette in the Octafinal round. By the Quarterfinals,
Brebeuf and West Lafayette had seven of the eight remaining competitors. The
final round was won by Tom Sweeny from Brebeuf.
This is the debate
teamís 26th state title and 17th in the last 20 years. Chesterton is coached
by a number of teachers, former students and volunteers including Chris
Lowery (Policy and Public Forum), Josh Coots (Lincoln-Douglas and
Congressional), Dakota McCoy (Public Forum), and Tim Young (Congressional).
Also competing for
Chesterton at the tournament were Quinlan Doolin and Hannah Geiss in
Lincoln-Douglas. The team was assisted throughout the weekend by team
members Nia Weems, Alexis Hoover, Ryan Day, Kaylinn Woolever, and Katelyn
Jim Vincent, Katie
Tymorek, Spencer Hadley, Kalina Smith, Savannah Tipton, Katherine Bolek,
Mikaela Meyer, and Nadia Mario all served as judges for the team.