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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.