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
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.
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.
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.