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CHS speakers victorious at weekend Penn tournament

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The Chesterton High School Speech team had an excellent showing last weekend at the Penn High School Speech Tournament. Students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top six speakers in each event advancing to the finals. The day concluded with CHS winning the first place sweepstakes award, thanks to their six runner ups and five tournament champions. Ę

Senior Indigo Loving led the team, winning his solo event of original oratory and his memorized duo with partner and fellow senior, Max Winski. Winski also placed second in his solo event of dramatic interpretation. Other tournament champions included junior Anna Sanders in prose reading, as well as sophomores, Chloee Ross and Dylan Leavitt, in poetry reading and programed oral interpretation respectively. Sanders also placed second in original oratory and Leavitt was third in humorous interpretation.

CHS had four other second place finishes, including senior Anekah Fish in informative speaking, sophomore Heidi Boltze in poetry reading, and junior Mattea Sklut in both broadcasting and impromptu speaking. Fish was also third in dramatic interpretation and Boltze was fifth in humorous interpretation.

Other tournament finalists included senior Jenna Aguilar, who placed third in both informative speaking and prose reading. Finishing third in discussion and domestic extemporanous speaking were John Petro and Nathan Osborn respectively. The sophomore team of Natalie Nu–ez and Miranda Miller were third in memorized duo. Nu–ez was also third in poetry reading and Miller finished fourth in dramatic interpretation. Junior McKenna Middendorf was fourth in both prose reading and broadcasting. Lastly, senior George Tracy finished fifth in dramatic interpretation, Ari Cain was fifth in prose reading and Kaitlyn Nekola was sixth in poetry reading.

“The team earned its win today, despite several members being out for illness,” said head coach Dakota McCoy. “Now they set their sights on consistency. It’s time to take luck out of the equation completely.”

CHS finished in first place with 149 points; Munster was second with 96 points. Penn and Concord tied for third place with 44 points each. Fifth was Elkhart Memorial with 26 points.

Coaches Dakota McCoy, Kathy Hadley, and Karly Carden got judging help from parents Cris Petro, Rob Petro, Nina Vasquez, and team alum Aaron Drew, whom they thank sincerely.


Posted 1/22/2020




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