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CHS Speech and Debate finish strong at nationals

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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 tournament.

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.


Posted 6/25/2013