The Chesterton High
School Speech and Debate Team hosted its annual “Skeffington Memorial”
Speech Invitational this past weekend. Seven schools with about 200 entries
attended the all varsity tournament. The CHS speakers dominated the
tournament, winning 11 of the 14 events offered. The top eight in each event
were recognized at the award’s ceremony
Leading the team
were three seniors, all of whom won two events. Noelle Friel won both
original oratory and programmed oral interpretation (POI). Izzy Portugal
took first place in both humorous interpretation and, along with her
partner, senior Karly Karden, duo interpretation. Senior Angel Smith won
both poetry interpretation and, with her brother, sophomore Allen Smith,
original performance. Karden also placed fifth in prose, and Allen Smith
finished eighth in poetry. Angel Smith, the only team member entered in
three events, also placed second in POI and led the team with points.
champions included junior Wantuch in international extemporaneous speaking,
senior Hayden Hodge in impromptu speaking, and sophomore Skylar Noschese in
prose interpretation. Hodge also placed third in U.S. extemporaneous
speaking and Wantuch finished fourth in impromptu.
Also taking top
honors were senior James Van Drie in dramatic interpretation, and junior
Hannah Geiss in discussion. Van Drie also placed third in poetry. Following
Geiss in discussion were junior Cama Duhamell in third, senior Katrina Balon
in fifth and freshman Maddie Smith in eighth.
CHS took the top
three spots in duo interpretation. Following Portugal and Carden was the
team of juniors, Bryn Jackson and Natalia Wadowski in second, and the
freshman team of Alan Stirling and Anna Leady in third. Jackson and Wadowski
also placed third and fourth, respectively, in informative speaking.
Stirling came in second in prose.
With debate season
behind them, several debaters competed in a number of the public address
events, adding some real depth to the team. Junior Katelyn Balakir was sixth
in impromptu, sophomore Madi Ghoreishi was third in international
extemporaneous, junior Nathan Herr was eighth in informative, junior Ryna
Day was fifth in U.S. extemporaneous, followed by sophomore Elle Diddona in
sixth and junior Aaron Brookehouse in eighth. In addition, freshmen Emily
Krygoske, Annika Fish and Owen Cowsert were fifth, seventh and eighth,
respectively, in broadcasting.
The team also
demonstrated some depth in a number of interpretation events. Following
Portugal in humor were juniors Josh Hogan and Amber Johnson, who were second
and fourth, respectively, and senior Megan Bernth, placing sixth. Bernth and
her partner, senior Keerat Basra, also finished eighth in original
performance. Basra took eighth in prose as well.
Beglin scored well in two events, placing second in original oratory and
fourth in POI. Junior Leaha Estes followed Beglin in POI with a sixth place
finish, and sophomore Evan Ekblaw finished behind Beglin in oratory, taking
Van Drie in drama was freshman Indigo Loving in fifth, and juniors Cassandra
Weurthele and Paige Donovan in sixth and seventh, respectively. In addition,
two other sophomores made their mark, placing in two events each. Anjali
Dziarski was second in original performance and seventh in impromptu, and
Chloe Thomas was sixth in poetry and seventh in prose.
“The team did
extremely well today. We were a little disappointed that the tournament was
as small as it was, but you can’t take anything away from the kids Š they
absolutely dominated,” said Coach Becky Uehling.
As the host school
CHS did not take a team trophy. First place went to Munster with 90 points,
followed closely by Plymouth with 81 points. Third place went to Concord
with 38 points, fourth to Valparaiso with 12 points and fifth to Bishop Noll
with 5 points.
Scores of parents
and former students helped with judging and hospitality. Coach Uehling gave
a special thanks to the Ekblaw and Kezy families for all their hard work in
hospitality. The team’s next tournament will be this weekend in Munster.