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CHS Speech does well in weekend tourneys

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The Chesterton Speech team competed at two separate tournaments this weekend. The majority of the team traveled to the John Oliver Speech Invitational at Plymouth High School, while eleven members attended the Fort Wayne Carroll High School Tournament.

At the Fort Wayne Carroll tournament there were sixteen schools competing, with the top five schools receiving a trophy. Chesterton was the overall winner with over forty points separating them from the second place team. The students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top six advancing to a final round. CHS had six tournament champions.

Leading the team were seniors Justyn Lantz and Jami Ritchea who were the tournament champions in memorized duo. The senior team of Liz Green and Layla Mooradian were the tournament runners up. Sophomore Izzy Goodman and junior Carley Lowe placed fourth in the event. Lantz was also the tournament champion in drama, followed by senior Danny Vincent placing third, Carley Lowe placing fifth and junior Kasey O’Keefe placing sixth.

In humor, Jami Ritchea was the tournament champion followed by Liz Green who placed fifth. In declamation Kasey O’Keefe was the tournament runner up, followed by Layla Mooradian. Mooradian was also the tournament champion in original oratory. Junior Nate Burris was the tournament champion in impromptu. Burris was also the tournament runner up in United States extemp followed by senior Jessica Ratel-Khan who placed third. Sophomore Timmy Vincent was the tournament champion in international extemp.

At the Plymouth tournament there were ten schools competing, with the top five schools receiving a trophy. The Chesterton team placed fifth overall behind Warren Central, Munster, Valparaiso and Concord respectively. The students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top six in each event advancing to a final.

Leading the team was freshman James VanDrie, who was the tournament runner up in humor. In discussion, sophomore Eddie Young placed third. The scripted duo team of sophomore Lexi Justak and junior Lauren Hogan placed fourth overall. In drama, freshman Karley Carden placed sixth.

The team had several former students and parents assist coaches Eric Schaefer, Kirsten Reed, Jessica Cleary and John Coots in judging the tournaments. Assisting in judging was, Jack Deuberry, Kayla Fleming, Marcia Ritchea and Nathan Zavala.

“The entire coaching staff could not be more proud of what these students accomplished this weekend. The team has been working very hard these past few months and this weekend’s success is a great reward for the students. The team is in a great position heading into post season,” said coach Jessica Cleary.

The Chesterton team will be hosting their home tournament next weekend.

 

 

Posted 2/17/2014