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CHS Speech and Debate has a winning weekend at two events

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The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate team had an excellent showing this weekend in two different tournaments, The Glenbrooks in north suburban Chicago, and Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. The Glenbrooks is the largest public school speech tournament in the country, with competition from close to 250 high schools from all over the United States.

Junior AJ Stirling advanced to semifinals as one of the Top 12 entries in Program of Oral Interpretation. As a result, he is now an eligible competitor for the Speech Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, to be held next spring. Juniors Max Winski and Indy Loving also advanced to semifinals as one of the Top 12 entries in Duo Interpretation. All three represented Chesterton well on the national stage this weekend.

At Bishop Noll Institute, the novice speech team also had an excellent showing. Every Chesterton novice competitor ended up with top rankings, including the following: sophomore Mattea Sklut, Broadcasting Champion; freshman Heidi Boltze, Humorous Interpretation Champion; freshman Celia Faroh, Informative Speaking Champion; junior Sadie Kidd, Program of Oral Interpretation Champion; and the team of juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin, and senior Gabi Castro closing out Original Performance in the Champion and Runner-Up spots. Sophomore Jackson Syren picked up 5th place in Broadcasting, and sophomore Kaitlyn Papka took 4th place in Informative Speaking.

On the varsity team, junior Owen Cowsert and sophomore Paul Kennedy took 4th and 5th place in Broadcasting, respectively. Sophomores Allison Soblotone and Anais Juliano took 5th and 6th place in Informative Speaking, respectively. Finally, junior Anna Leady took 5th place in Original Oratory. Because of their hard work, Chesterton took 4th place overall in the tournament with 160 total entries from 15+ schools.

In two weeks, Chesterton will split again with another national circuit tournament at Bradley University, in Peoria, Ill., where they will face top teams from all over the Midwest, and a tournament at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond.



Posted 11/19/2018




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