The Chesterton High
School speech team finished its regular season with a win at the LaPorte
Speech Invitational. CHS won by just two points over sectional rival
Munster, setting the stage for this weekend’s IHSFA Sectional Tournament at
Valparaiso High School. Fourteen schools with over 300 entries competed in
the all varsity tournament. The top eight speakers in each event were
recognized at the awards ceremony.
The team was led by
three tournament champions, all of whom have joined the speech side of the
program now that debate season has ended. Seniors Hannah Geiss, Megan Daye
and Katelyn Balakir took top honors. Geiss was the tournament champion in
discussion, Daye won international extemporaneous speaking, and Balakir
placed first in impromptu speaking. Balakir also finished third in
strongest event for the day was broadcasting, where they took four of the
top eight places. Senior Aaron Drew led the way with a second place finish,
followed by senior Zack Mullins in third, and sophomores Emily Krygoske and
Owen Cowsert in fifth and sixth, respectively.
CHS took the top
three spots in international extemporaneous speaking. Following Daye was
sophomore Nick Hanson in second, and senior Connor Wantuch in third. The
team also placed three in programmed oral interpretation. Sophomore A.J.
Stirling finished in second, followed by sophomore Mei Pantuso in seventh
and senior Paige Donovan in eighth. Stirling also placed second in dramatic
interpretation and Paige Donovan placed second in prose reading.
interpretation the team finished second and third. Seniors Josh Hogan and
Logan Summers were second and sophomores Max Winski and Indy Loving placed
third. Summers also finished seventh in drama, as did Hogan in humor. In
addition, Max Winski took second place in original performance.
Seniors Leaha Estes
and Amber Johnson were third and fourth, respectively, in poetry; freshman
Rebecca Mueller finished eighth in informative, and sophomore Anekah Fish
placed eighth in discussion.
definitely a team effort,” said Coach Eric Schaefer. “This is exactly the
kind of effort we’re looking for at the sectional tournament next weekend.”
CHS won with 106
points, followed by Munster with 104. Third place went to Plymouth High
School with 67 points, taking third on a tie-breaker ahead of Culver
Academies, also with 67 points. Concord High School finished in fifth with
Chris Lowery, Josh Coots, Bob Kelly, Dakota McCoy and Sam Lee got judging
help from several parents. Judges included Barbara Black, Kristin Pruitt,
Sherry Balakir and Cindy Lutes.