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CHS Debaters face fierce competition at LaPorte

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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 January.

Competition this 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 novice division.

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 university campuses.

In Congressional 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.

Finally, varsity 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.


Posted 12/7/2016




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