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CHS Speech and Debate team ready for Nationals

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The Speech and Debate season ends next week with 20 student’s competition at the National Forensic League’s national tournament. It is the largest team that the Chesterton High School program has ever sent to the national tournament and includes a student competition in every single event. “We have high hopes for our students based upon the effort that they have put in,” said coach Chris Lowery.

Giving Chesterton an edge is the fact that nearly half of the team went to the Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National tournament in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. Mikaela Meyer was able to qualify for the elimination portion of the tournament in Congressional debate, an event that she will once again compete in at Birmingham, Alabama, the site of this year’s national tournament. Although she did not advance out of the Semi-final round, her placement put Meyer in the top 50 at the tournament.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Eric Dreischerf amassed a winning record, but wasn’t able to make an extremely difficult cut line. Dresicherf will attempt to utilize what he learned in order to make the cut this week. Corinne Leopold received the first taste of national competition as well. The story was similar for Policy debate, where Zach Bogich and Simon Andrews narrowly missed the cut, falling just two ballots short of elimination round participation.

In speech, Jenn Kattalia (Oratory), Humaira Khan (Extemp), and the team of Sharon Coleman and Kaylee Oates were all able to test out their national event material in front of judges from around the country.

Most of the Catholic National team will display their talent tonight at the team’s annual performance night at the CHS auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Posted 6/13/2013


Posted 6/13/2013