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CHS debaters compete at Illinois invite

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Chesterton High School took a handful of debaters to the William Fremd Viking invitational in Illinois to begin its November competition. The tournament included 27 schools and 171 entries. The event only held competition for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum events. For the Illinois schools, this was one of their first tournaments, while the Chesterton students had to deal with turning around a new topic in only a week.

The Lincoln-Douglas debaters switched from a topic about college admittance to fossil fuel subsidization. Bella Aurricchio was named the top speaker in the Illinois division, amassing a score of 146.5 out of a possible 150. Aurricchio dropped a couple of close decisions, but was still able to come home with a fifth place trophy and place as the eighth best speaker.

The Public Forum debaters switched from a topic regarding Europe joining China’s belt and road initiative to the benefits of the US practice regarding offensive cyber operations. Nick Hanson was named as the fifth best speaker at the tournament and, along with his partner Tim Wheeler, came in ninth place at the tournament

Alexis Ioannidis and Sidney Pittman came in seventh in the JV division. Saanya Agarwal and Jackson Jessen were the fifth best team in novice Public Forum and Jessen was the seventh best speaker for the tournament.

This weekend the team hosts its annual debate tournament at the high school as it nears the halfway point in the regular season.



Posted 11/8/2019




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