Jonathan Carr, a
Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics published a study in
2002 that detailed how ‘a single debate tournament requires written work
tantamount to two research papers, including revisions.’ By that standard,
the 194 Indiana students from 12 schools that competed at the Chesterton
Debate Tournament on Saturday wrote the equivalent of nearly 400 research
papers. Chesterton High School debaters emerged victorious in five of the
CHS swept the
Lincoln-Douglas debate category with Bella Auricchio compiling a 5-1 record
to carry the varsity division. Emma Replin earned a perfect 6-0 to win the
novice division. Elia Livovich (3rd), Ian Quinn (4th), and Nathan Osborn
(6th) also took home awards in varsity. Joining Replin on stage at the
novice level were Jonathan Dickens in sixth and Josh Hoover in eighth.
resolution for this tournament was “The United States ought to end the
subsidization of fossil fuels in the United States.” While placings are
first determined based upon who wins the debate round, the CHS tournament
also hands out speaker awards for how well an individual has performed as a
public speaker. Auricchio was again the top speaker at the varsity level;
while Livovich was third. Replin was the third-place speaker in the novice
division and Gretta Burke came in sixth.
The team also swept
both divisions of Public Forum debate, an event that once again argued
whether the benefits of U.S. offensive cyber operations have outweighed the
costs. Emily Krygoske and Trinity Irving overcame an early loss to finish
5-1 and place as varsity champions. Chloe Vanderline and Avery McCurdy were
the top team in the novice division. This was the first tournament win this
year for Irving, Vanderline and McCurdy. The teams of Alexis Ioannidis and
Sidney Pittman (5th) and Sam Burris and Luke Vetroczky (7th) also placed in
varsity, while Jackson Jessen and Saanya Agarwal (3rd), and Evan Cowsert and
Zander Fish (4th), and Atmikha Jeeju and Sarah Sahli (5th) all placed in
novice. Krygoske was the second-best public speaker in varsity and Agarwal
(3rd), Jessen (4th), Jeeju (5th) all received speaker recognition.
continues its yearlong topic regarding U.S. arms sales. Mark Jewison and
Milena Veltri were the tournament runners-up in the varsity division,
followed by their teammates Ben Hoham and Hattie Hoham (3rd), Gianna Galante
and Madi Simms (4th), and Brian Hanson and Riste Miroski (7th).
Megan Nowka and
Riley Hawksworth were undefeated 4-0 and finished as runners-up at the
novice level. Jonathon McClure and Josh Fieffer were fourth.
Jewison was the top
varsity speaker and was followed by Ben Hoham (3rd) and Simms (5th).
Hawksworth was the third best speaker in the novice division.
debaters dealt with issues regarding martial law, ISIS, UK free trade
agreements, the Cuban embargo, and eminent domain. Sid Augustyn was fourth
overall on the judge’s ballots.
the James Cavallo Leadership Gavel, a student voted on award for the
strongest debater according to the students. Augustyn came in third for the
award which went to Munster’s Cynthia Chocklingham. Finn Babjak, from
Chesterton, finished in 7th while Ethan Kroft made the final round in the
upper chamber. Savannah Hutchinson won the competition in the lower varsity
chamber. Adam Royster finished third in novice Congress, his highest finish
to date. Leah Rochford (4th) and Grant Flesher (8th) also placed.