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CHS hosts Skeffington Memorial Speech Invite

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The Chesterton High School Speech team hosted its annual Skeffington Memorial Speech Invitational on Saturday, February 22. Eleven schools attended, with the top five schools receiving a sweepstakes trophy. The students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top six advancing to a final.

The team was lead by seniors, Justyn Lantz and Jami Ritchea, who were the tournament champions in memorized duo. They were followed by Liz Green (12) and Layla Mooradian (12) who placed third, Shawn Adams (11) and Victoria Hooten (10) who placed sixth, freshmen Andrea Hanas and Emma Schuster who placed seventh, and freshmen Lexy Hanas and Mackenzie Kirkham who placed eighth.

CHS had six of the top eight finishers in drama. Justyn Lantz placed third, Carley Lowe (11) placed fourth, Karley Carden (9) placed fifth, Ellyn Winski (10) placed sixth, Danny Vincent (12) placed seventh and Isabelle Goodman placed eighth.

Chesterton had three of the six finalists in broadcasting. Senior Nathan Dickinson placed third, followed by sophomore Eric Richardson who placed fifth and junior Galen Wong who placed sixth. In original oratory senior, Mikaela Meyer placed fourth, followed by Wong placing fourth and Mooradian placing fifth. Meyer was also the tournament champion in declamation. Meyer was followed by Kasey O’Keefe (11) who placed second and Mooradian who placed third.

The scripted duo team of Goodman and Lowe placed fourth overall followed by Lauren Hogan (11) and Lexi Justak (10) who placed eighth. In humor junior, Liz Green (11) placed fourth overall. Junior, Savannah Tipton placed sixth in discussion and in prose sophomore, Victoria Hooten placed third overall.

Chesterton had two finalists in original performance: junior Jake Williger was the tournament runner-up, followed by the senior team of Olivia Dujmovich and Danny Vincent.

In United States extemporaneous junior, Nathan Burris was the tournament runner up followed by freshman, Hayden Hodge who placed eighth. In international extemp, sophomore Tim Vincent placed fourth followed by senior Andrew Caratini who placed sixth.

The team had numerous parents and former teachers assist coaches Eric Schaefer, Kirsten Reed, Bob Kelly and Jessica Cleary in judging. Parents included Tony Winski, Diane Zielinski, Loree Hanas, April Lantz, Christina Mooradian, Kathy Biggs, Jim Vincent, Jeremy Chavez, Alice Meyer, James Meyer, Heather Wesley and Marci Sweet. Former students helping included Sharon Coleman, Jackson Fox, Jack Dueberry and Leah Dujmovich.

“This weekend was on our home turf and the kids wanted it. We broke a lot to finals and had a good showing as a team. The kids wanted to end the regular season well and they did. We look forward to next weekend with a strong sectional team,” said coach Schaefer.

Next weekend the Chesterton team will compete at the Sectional Tournament at LaPorte High School.



Posted 2/25/2014