postponed one of the events, but couldnít stop Chesterton from taking three
of four available qualifying spots to the National Tournament this June.
Juniors Abby Burke
and Eric Zhong outlasted all other competitors to claim the qualifying spots
in Lincoln-Douglas debate; while the team of Matt Eggers and Salman Lakhani
were the only undefeated team in Public Forum debate.
This will be the
first trip to nationals for Eggers and Zhong. Lakhani previously qualified
in Public Forum two years ago, while Burke qualified in Congressional debate
The weather forced
a postponement of Policy debate, the longest event and the event that
Chesterton has dominated in recent history. The tournament is expected to
still be held, potentially on February 15th, where Chesterton will in all
likelihood qualify two more teams to the tournament.
tournament limits a teamís entries to 4 per event and Chesterton is situated
in the Northeast Indiana District; a district that currently only has two
other schools that primarily focus on debate over speech. Chesterton
dominated the Lincoln-Douglas division, with all four entries closing out
the final round. Corinne Leopold was named the first alternate and Don
Reinert was officially the second alternate.
The Public Forum
division went back and forth between Chesterton and Carroll High School
(Fort Wayne); making it no surprise that the two schools split the spots to
nationals. Savannah Tipton and Eric Zhong were the first alternates; while
the teams of Jessica Ratel-Khan/Hannah Vasquez and Tyler Colvin/Nate Burris
received awards each in the top 5 overall. Chesterton was awarded the team
Sweepstakes Award for the best overall team at the tournament.
The State debate
tournament is to be held this Friday at Ben Davis High School in
Indianapolis. Chesterton will be represented across four debate events by 25
students. The Lincoln-Douglas team is coached jointly by Shane Smith and
Carol Biel, while the Public Forum team is coached by Chris Lowery.