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CHS Speech and Debate qualifies nine more students for Nationals

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The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate program qualified nine more students for the NSDA national tournament, which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, June 17 to 22.

The Northeast District Tournament held in Plymouth, Indiana, last Saturday, sent the top two in each of the eight speech events to the national tournament. Students competed in either two or three preliminary rounds (depending on the number of entries) then a semifinal, followed by a final round of the top six.

The CHS team qualified students in all eight events but will be sending students in only seven. Some students had previously qualified in debate events or were doubled in speech events and had to choose the event they would compete in at nationals. Students are not allowed to double qualify for the national tournament. Due to a conflict for a qualifier from Canterbury Preparatory, CHS may add one more qualifier in international extemporaneous speaking.

In dramatic interpretation CHS placed four in final round. Senior Logan Summers was the tournament champion and qualified for nationals. Logan was followed by sophomore AJ Stirling in third, senior Paige Donovan in fourth and freshman Rebecca Mueller in fifth.

Stirling did qualify, however, and was the champion in programmed oral interpretation. He was followed by Paige Donovan in third, who will serve as an alternate should one of the qualifiers be unable to attend the national tournament.

CHS took the top three spots in duo interpretation. The tournament champs were seniors Josh Hogan and Logan Summers, however each opted to qualify in their individual events. Thus the qualifying duos were the second place team of sophomores Max Winski and Indy loving, and the third place (alternate) team of senior Bryn Jackson and sophomore Anna Leady.

Jackson also qualified in original oratory with a second place finish, but will be competing in duo. This opened the door for senior Connor Wantuch, who placed third in oratory and advanced to nationals as the alternate.

Wantuch was the tournament champion in international extemporaneous speaking, but had selected oratory as his primary event. Fellow senior Megan Daye also qualified with a second place finish in international. Following Wantuch and Daye was freshman Sanjana Raj in fourth.

Senior Josh Logan was the tournament champion in humorous interpretation, and he will be joined by junior Allen Smith who finished second in humor. Also in humor final was senior Amber Johnson, finishing in sixth place.

Senior Ryan Day finished third in U.S. extemporaneous speaking, but as the alternate qualified for nationals, because a student ahead of him had already qualified in a debate event. Day was followed by sophomore Nick Hanson in fifth place.

Finally, the team will not be sending anyone to nationals in informative speaking even though senior Katelyn Balakir placed second. Balakir had previously qualified in debate. Following Balakir in informative was sophomore Emily Krygoske in sixth. Krygoske had also previously qualified in debate.

“This is a really great group going to the national tournament,” said Coach Kayla Fleming. “We had some really talented people fall a little short and that always hurts, but these kids who qualified will represent us well.”

CHS also won the sweepstakes awards for best NE District speech team and best NE overall (speech and debate). The team will now prepare for the state tournament in Indianapolis on March 10th.

Coaches Fleming, Bob Kelly, Eric Schaefer, Josh Coots, and Sam Lee were helped with judging by former students and parents. Parents included Diane Zielinski, Claire Mueller, and Becky Summers. Former students included Kara Fasone, Jack Deuberry, and Michelle Jatkiewicz.



Posted 3/5/2018




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