The speech team attended the LaPorte High School Speech Invitational and
placed third in the novice/varsity tournament. Seventeen schools and more
than 240 entries competed in four straight rounds of competition.
CHS had two tournament champions; the senior team of Kaylee Oates and Sharon
Coleman won memorized duo and junior Layla Mooradian tied for first in
The three varsity champions also placed in second events with Mooradian and
Coleman fifth and sixth, respectively, in oratory and Oates eighth in humor.
Others placing in two events at the varsity level included senior Jennifer
Kattalia, who was third in oratory and fourth in drama; senior Spencer
Gordon, who was second in international extemporaneous speaking and fifth in
impromptu; and senior Aliyah Caraballo, who was sixth in prose and eighth in
Also in the varsity division junior Jami Ritchea took second place in humor,
followed by sophomore Lauren Hogan in fifth and junior Danny Vincent in
seventh. Hogan also placed sixth in impromptu. In drama senior Rachel Kidder
At the novice level sophomores Sami Goldberg and Molly Baeza were fifth in
memorized duo. Baeza also placed fifth in prose and Goldberg finished in
sixth in drama. In novice broadcasting junior Max Brown was fifth and
freshman Sam Gordon was sixth. Junior Justyn Lantz placed seventh in novice
humor, and freshman Grant Schuster was seventh in declamation.
"It's difficult to assess tournament results when there is no final round;
there always so many ties - some of them unbreakable. But we definitely have
a number of students showing significant progress," said Coach Bob Kelly.
In team sweepstakes Munster High School took top honors with Culver
Academies placing second. Following Chesterton in third was Ft. Wayne
Carroll in fourth and Elkhart Central in fifth.
Kelly, Doug Pishkur, Kirsten Reed, and assistant coach Eric Schaefer
accompanied the team. Also judging for CHS was former student Jessica
Cleary, and parents Toya Garcia and Marcia Ritchea. The team is off for the
holiday weekend and will compete next at Valparaiso on December 1.