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