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CHS qualifies six to nationals in Debate while Speech team finishes season strong

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The Northwest Indiana District debate tournament was made-up on Saturday after a weather cancellation weeks before. This is Chestertonís first year in the district and the team faced tough competition from Munster, Penn, Valparaiso, and LaPorte. The team was able to win the tournament title and, more importantly, qualify three entries to the national tournament in Dallas this summer.

Each of the three events, public forum, policy, and Lincoln-Douglas qualified the top two contestants to nationals. The teams continue to debate until there are only two teams remaining without a second loss. CHS was able to take both of the qualifying spots in the event of public forum. The results were the same, but the stress level was very different for the CHS teams. By the fifth round, there were only three teams remaining. Sofia Winski and Azeez Lakhani were selected to receive the bye during the final round; meaning that they were able to relax for an hour while the two remaining teams fought it out for the other spot. That left CHSís Grace Whah and Emily Krygoske to face this yearís state championship team from Munster. Whah and Krygoske were able to prevail on a 3-0 decision from the judges to seal their spot. This was the third time that Whah/Krygoske had gone up against the state champions (the two teams split the first two debates). For juniors Winski, Whah, and Krygoske this is their second consecutive trip to the national tournament. It will be Winskiís first in public forum, however, as she previously qualified in policy debate. Lakhani, a CHS senior, will be attending nationals for the first time.

Policy debate qualification also came down to the final round. Penn High School took the first spot, after accumulating an undefeated record through the first four debates. The remaining spot came down to two CHS teams. On a 2-1 decision, Madison Simms and Gianna Galante defeated teammates Ben Hoham and Hattie Hoham. This is Simmsí, a junior, third consecutive trip to nationals in policy debate and will be Galanteís, a sophomore, first.

Chesterton was unable to secure a qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas debate and both spots went to students from Valparaiso High School. Jonathan Sumita was the second alternate in the event and Ian Quinn made it to the fifth round of competition. Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan were second alternates in policy debate and Kardiay Kirk and Tim Wheeler were third alternates in Public Forum debate.

After competing in the same location the Chesterton Speech Team had a strong ending to their regular season. The team faced tough competition from eight other teams and snuck past Culver Academy to take 3rd place overall at the tournament. Junior AJ Stirling took home another championship in Program of Oral Interpretation while junior Nidhee Patel took home a championship in Poetry Reading. Stirling also took 3rd place in Dramatic Interpretation while sophomore teammate Lily Roberts accompanied him to both finals with a 4th place in Program of Oral Interpretation and a 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation. Junior Sadie Kidd rounded out the Poetry Reading finals with Patel and took a 5th place finish while junior Anekah Fish took 4th place in Prose Reading. Junior Owen Cowsert was named Radio Broadcasting runner-up while junior Max Winski was named Original Performance runner-up. Winski led a Chesterton dominant final round in Original Performance with junior teammates Nathan Mullin and George Tracy earning 3rd place and senior teammate Gabi Castro taking 5th place.

Freshman Heidi Boltze took 3rd place in Humorous Interpretation while sophomore Bella Auricchio placed 3rd in United States Extemporaneous Speaking. Boltze also took 6th place with junior teammate Jenna Aguilar in Duo Interpretation while sophomore Mattea Sklut followed Auricchio into United States Extemporaneous Speaking with a 5th place finish. Finally, sophomores Rebecca Mueller and Anna Sanders took a respective 4th and 5th place in Original Oratory.

Next Saturday, the team will have a home-court advantage at the Indiana High School Forensic Association Section 1 Tournament, hosted in Chesterton, with the chance to face Munster, Bishop Noll, Valparaiso, and other northwest Indiana teams for the chance to qualify for the state tournament in March.



Posted 2/20/2019




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