The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate team competed in its 42nd
consecutive National Forensic League National Tournament in Birmingham,
Alabama. More than 600 schools and 3,000 students from across the country
competed in the week-long tournament, which culminated in an awards ceremony
held Friday night.
Senior Jennifer Kattalia was also recognized as a semifinalist in her
supplemental event of Prose Reading. Kattalia started in an event of over
400 entries and ended up placing in the top 18 in the nation. Kattalia was
competing in her second national tournament.
CHS Senior Eric Dreischerf broke to the elimination rounds in
Lincoln/Douglas Debate and advanced to be recognized as one of the top 24 in
the nation. Dreischerf was competing in his third consecutive national
In Student Congress junior Mikaela Meyer advanced to the semifinals in the
Senate, placing her in the top 60 in the nation. This was also Meyer's
second trip to the NFL national tournament.
In the main events all students competed in six preliminary rounds, with the
top 60 advancing to elimination rounds. Each speech and debate event began
with approximately 250 students.
"These kids did a great job of representing Duneland at the national
tournament, and while we would have liked to advanced more students, we were
very pleased with the effort of the entire group. They worked hard to
prepare," said Coach Bob Kelly.