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
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
Likewise, the policy debate team of Jon Vincent and Justin Reed, and
Lincoln/Douglas debater Eric Dreischerf just missed breaking in their
Sophomore Mikaela Meyer did well in original oratory but did not make the
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.