The Chesterton High
School swept the North East Indiana District debate tournament taking all
six qualifying spots to the NSDA National Tournament.
began with Policy debate. This two on two debate event has spent the entire
season arguing about national education reform. Madison Simms and Sofia
Winski went undefeated to take the tournamentís top spot. Matt Jewison and
Ben Hoham were able to come in second place, a spot which also qualifies for
nationals. JD Cory and Devin Michael finished third overall while the team
of Ryan Donovan and Ethan Dibble came in fifth overall. This will be Simmís
second consecutive year representing CHS at the National Tournament in
policy debate. This is the first Nationals appearance for the other three
success continued in Lincoln-Douglas debate, a one-on-one event that is
discussing the fairness of plea bargaining in our justice system. Hannah
Geiss took the top spot at the tournament and will be joined at nationals by
her senior class member Camma Duhamell, who came in second. This will be
Geissís fourth consecutive National Tournament; a distinction that
qualifiers her for a special award at the tournament. This is her second
consecutive appearance in Lincoln-Douglas debate; she previously attended
the national tournament in the events of Congressional Debate and
International Extemporaneous speaking. Last year there were only forty
students in the entire country that qualified each year of their high school
debate career. This will be Duhamelís first appearance representing herself
and Chesterton at nationals.
Elli Didonna came
in third place and is the first alternate for the district while fellow CHS
student Sam Winski came in fourth.
took the top two qualifying spots in Public Forum debate. This two on two
debate event has spent the last month debating the merits of Catalonia
earning its independence from Spain.
Katelyn Balakir and
Grace Whah went undefeated to take the top tournament spot while teammates
Zachary Mullins and Emily Krygoske defeated a team from Canterbury to claim
the other spot. This is the third straight district title in Public Forum
for the senior Balakir and will be her second consecutive trip to the
It will be the
first appearance at nationals for the other three who are all sophomores.
Azeez Lakhani and Branden Wong came in fourth while the team of Bella
Jennings and Salomae Minnear came in fifth.
Tournament is run by the National Speech and Debate Association and will be
held towards the end of June in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The debate team is
jointly coached by CHS staff members Joshua Coots, Dakota McCoy, and Chris
Next weekend the
team will finish its season at the IHSFA State tournament at Lafayette
Jefferson High School. The tournament will feature five events; the three
previously listed as well as Congressional Debate and World School debate.
Thirty-two students have been named to the competition team for CHS, which
will be trying for its fifth consecutive state title and twenty-eighth title