The Chesterton Speech Team placed third at the John J. Oliver Speech
Invitational, hosted by Plymouth High School. Fifteen schools and more than
200 students competed in the all varsity tournament. The top twelve
contestants in each of the 14 events were recognized at the award's
The team was led by senior Spencer Gordon, who placed fourth in both of his
events, international extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. Junior Mikaela
Meyer also had a good outing, placing second in declamation and seventh in
Joining Meyer in oratory were seniors Jeniffer Kattalia, ninth place, Sharon
Coleman, 11th place and junior Layla Mooradian, eighth place.
Junior Danny Vincent placed in two events, placing ninth in drama and sixth,
along with his partner senior Aliyah Caraballo, in memorized duo. Sophomore
Kasey O'Keefe also placed tenth in drama.
In humor junior Jami Ritchea placed sixth, followed by senior Kaylee Oates
Junior Nate Dickinson took sixth place in broadcasting, and senior Kiera
Quealy placed second in original performance. Sophomore Jake Williger was
eighth in original performance, and he and his partner junior Elizabeth
Green finished eighth in memorized duo.
"Having only 24 entries, we were pleased with a third place finish. We do,
however, have a great deal of work to do before sectionals in March,” said
coach Doug Pishkur.
Munster won the tournament, followed by Culver Academies in second. CHS was
third, Ft. Wayne Northrop was fourth and Concord placed fifth.
Kirsten Reed, and Eric Schaefer accompanied the team. Former student Jessica
Cleary and parent James Vincent also helped with judging.