The Chesterton High
School Debate team competed at LaPorte High School last Saturday, once again
testing their mettle in preparation for the IHSFA State Debate Tournament in
weekend was fierce, with Chesterton Public Forum debaters Hayden Hodge and
Mark Wilcox facing off against their main West Lafayette rivals and besting
them to place first in the varsity division. The team of Brandon Wong and
Azeez Lakhani achieved a second place finish in the JV division, while
freshmen Grace Whah and Zach Mullins earned a fourth place finish in the
In Lincoln Douglas
debate, varsity members Hannah Geiss and Katrina Balon went undefeated and
ranked second and third, respectively after tiebreakers. The Lincoln Douglas
debaters are looking forward to debating a poignant new topic at next
month’s state competition over the importance of freedom of speech on
Debate, varsity debaters Paul Petro, Creighton Gaff, and Madison Wilson
placed third, fourth, and eighth, respectively. Chesterton’s Congress team
has demonstrated remarkable consistency this season, placing near or at the
top at nearly every tournament, demonstrating to rivals a winning style and
debate ethic. It will be up to them to maintain this momentum moving into
next month’s post-season tournaments. In the Novice Congress division, Emily
Krygoski and Jessica Maatouk demonstrated ongoing promise with solid returns
at second and eighth places.
The World Schools
debate team of Anekah Fish, Karina Hanson, Kardiay Kirk, and Nathan Herr
navigated topics from health care to feminism for a third place finish.
debaters Luke Gregurich and Sajag Agarwal and novice debaters Madi Simms and
Dustin Bucher achieved a fourth and third place finished, respectively.
This coming weekend
is Chesterton’s own home tournament, which will be the last of the calendar
year before the holidays and will include a change in topics for some of the
debate events. “Chesterton is looking to defend its state title for the
fourth straight year and, while the field is competitive, these high
schoolers have shown the skill and determination to get the job done,” said
Coach Joshua Coots.