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CHS Debate team wins Valparaiso tourney

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The Chesterton debate team won the top sweepstakes award at the Valparaiso tournament this past weekend. Chesterton amassed 70 points, despite only winning one event. Munster High School came in second place with 59 points; followed by West Lafayette with 35 points. A total of ten schools entered 217 competitors at the tournament.

Chesterton's lone event championship came in varsity Lincoln-Douglas. Abby Burke won her second straight tournament after once again compiling a perfect record. This puts her record at 12 -1 on the season. Chris Krause dropped one round, but was able to place third at the tournament. Zac Claahsen was able to place second in the novice division.

Chesterton compiled a majority of its points from the Public Forum division where three of its teams went a perfect 4 - 0; but lost to a West Lafayette team on the tie breaker. Hannah Vasquez and Jessica Ratel-Khan placed second, Hayden Biggs and Victoria Bain placed third, and Savannah Tipton and Eric Richardson placed fourth respectively. Tyler Colvin and Nate Burris came in eighth place with a 3-1 record. Nate Scheerer and Hunter Warren took home 3rd place in the novice division and were joined by teammates Hayden Hodge and Mark Wilcox (5th) and Clay Lembke and Drake Moss (8th). Thomas Appel and Bridget Bull fell just short of placing at the award ceremony, coming in ninth overall.

Alex Genetski and Tim Vincent were the highest placing Chesterton team in Policy debate at 5th place. They were joined by teammates Emily Percifield and Kaley Brown (7th) and Nadia Mario and Katherine Bolek (8th). Liz Bolek and Sajag Agarwal came in 6th place in the novice division.

In Congressional debate, Andrew Caratini came in fourth at the varsity level. Caratini was also named the outstanding Presiding Officer by his peers. Jordan Sweet came in sixth place. In the novice division, Keagan Wong came in eighth overall.

This was the first time that sweepstakes was awarded this year at a regular season tournament. Coach Chris Lowery was ecstatic about the team effort.

“This was the first time in a number of years that Chesterton scored points in every single division at a tournament and it shows the overall depth of this team,” Lowery said.

The team now sets its sights toward hosting next weekend's competition at home. The public is more than welcome to see any stage of the competition which begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. and continues throughout all of Saturday.

For more information please contact Chris Lowery at the high school (


Posted 11/4/2013