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CHS Speech and Debate performs solidly at NCFL Grand Nationals in Baltimore

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The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate Team attended the 61st annual National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand Nationals in Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend.

Six CHS students in five different events participated in the three-day competition. More than 2,500 students from nearly 1,000 high schools competed.

Each of the events began with about 220 students. After the preliminary rounds, the top 48 in each event advance to the elimination rounds. CHS had two speakers break into the top 48.

Senior Andrew Hogan advanced in dramatic interpretation and placed 30th in the nation. Fellow senior Cassidy Peretin also placed 30th after breaking in extemporaneous speaking. Both just missed advancing to the top 24 in quarterfinals.

Likewise, the policy debate team of Jon Vincent and Justin Reed, and Lincoln/Douglas debater Eric Dreischerf just missed breaking in their respective events.

Sophomore Mikaela Meyer did well in original oratory but did not make the break.

Former team members Christian Parocco and Warren Fasone joined coaches Bob Kelly, Doug Pishkur, and Scott Woodhouse as judges. All six of the NCFL contestants will now prepare for competition at the National Forensic League’s national tournament in Indianapolis.

Friends and community members are invited to attend the NFL Performance Night to be held at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8.


Posted 6/1/2012