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CHS has two state champion speakers; team is second/third

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The Chesterton High Speech Team finished second in Class AAA (large schools) and third overall at the IHSFA State Speech Tournament held in Indianapolis over the weekend. Nearly 500 students comprising 642 entries from 73 schools competed in fourteen different events. All students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top 24 advancing to quarterfinals, then the top 12 to semifinals, and the top six to finals.

The team had two state champions. Taking top honors were senior Tim Vincent in impromptu speaking, and sophomore Hannah Geiss in discussion. Vincent was the team’s only double finalist, placing third in international extemporaneous speaking. The semifinalists and finalists in all events were recognized at the awards ceremony. CHS had eleven finalists and eight additional semifinalists receiving awards.

CHS had two finalists in original oratory with senior Ayesha Khan finishing in third and junior Natalie Beglin following her in fourth place. Khan was also a semifinalist in prose finishing in seventh place. Beglin and her partner, sophomore Natalia Wadowski, were semifinalists as well, placing eleventh in scripted duo. The team of junior Carly Carden and senior Sam Gordon were also semifinalists in scripted duo, finishing in ninth place, and Gordon was also a semifinalist in broadcasting, placing eighth.

Senior Sam Lee placed fourth in dramatic interpretation, and he and his partner, junior Izzy Portugal, were semifinalists in memorized duo, finishing in seventh place. Portugal was a finalist in humorous interpretation, taking fifth place.

Senior Lexi Justak and her partner, sophomore Christian Warren, were finalists in memorized duo, finishing in sixth place. Justak was also a semifinalist in humor, placing tenth in the state.

Junior Noelle Friel was a finalist in prose interpretation, placing fifth, and also a semifinalist in original oratory, finishing eleventh. Sophomore Emily Coleman also took a fifth place for the team in poetry.

In original performance the team of junior Angel Smith and freshman Allen Smith placed fifth, and junior Megan Bernth was a semifinalist, finishing tenth. Junior Hayden Hodge was fourth in US extemporaneous speaking, and junior Katrina Balon was a semifinalist in discussion, placing ninth.

“The team really did a great job today. It’s been several years since we’ve had this many finalists, and we have a lot of them returning next year. They have been a joy to work with all year,” said Coach Eric Schaefer.

Class A (small schools) was won by Brebeuf Jesuit and Class AA (mid-range schools) was won by Munster High School. CHS was second in Class AAA with 135 points, behind Fishers High School with 156 points.

Munster won the overall state championship with 182 points.

Other AAA schools were Warren Central in third with 77 points, Noblesville in fourth with 59 points and Ben Davis in fifth with 56 points.

Coaches Schaefer, Chris Lowery, Kirsten Reed, Kayla Fleming, Becky Uehling, Bob Kelly, Josh Coots, and Layla Mooradian got judging help from parents and former students. Parents were Jim and Lori Vincent and former students were Danny Vincent and Mikaela Meyer.


Posted 3/25/2016




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