The CHS Speech Team finished its regular season placing second at the
“Charger Speech Winter Invitational” in Elkhart this past weekend. Fourteen
schools and more than 200 students participated in the all varsity
The team had four individual champions, led by senior Andrew Hogan who won
humorous interpretation and placed second in prose. Senior Kalina Smith,
competing at her first speech tournament, won impromptu speaking, and junior
Christian O’Brien was the tournament champion in broadcasting. Junior Kiera
Quealy took top honors in original performance and placed fifth in drama.
Junior Jennifer Kattalia also placed in two events, placing second in drama
and third in original oratory. Kattalia was awarded the team trophy for her
performance and her contributions to the team throughout the season.
Following Kattalia in oratory were teammates senior Mike Leopold in fourth,
sophomore Mikaela Meyer in seventh, and junior Sharon Coleman in eighth.
Meyer also placed sixth in declamation.
The team dominated in original performance. Quealy was followed by junior
Samantha Read in second, sophomore Sarah Parker in third and junior Rachel
Kidder in fourth. Kidder and her partner, freshman Lauren Hogan, finished
fourth in memorized duo, and Parker and her partner, sophomore Jami Ritchea,
followed in fifth place.
In broadcasting freshman Robert St. Pierre – third – and Galen Wong – fourth
– finished behind O’Brien. In discussion junior Ronnie Kovach was second and
sophomore Simon Andrews placed fourth.
International extemporaneous speakers, senior John Vincent and sophomore
Andrew Caratini finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and junior Eric
Dreischerf and freshman Matt Murfitt placed fifth and seventh, respectively,
in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.
Junior Kaylee Oates placed in two events, taking fourth in humor and seventh
in poetry. Teammate Kathryn Brewer (10) finished ahead of Oates in poetry in
second place. Sophomore Danny Vincent placed seventh in drama, and he and
his partner, sophomore Olivia Dujmovich, were third in scripted duo.
Senior Cassidy Peretin placed third in declamation, and teammate Layla
Mooradian followed in eighth.
“We had a strong showing today, but we have our work cut out for us as we
head into sectionals next weekend,” said coach Bob Kelly.
Chesterton finished in second with 135 points behind tournament champion
Plymouth with 162 points. Elkhart Central finished third with 44 points,
followed by Valparaiso (27) in fourth and Penn High School (25) in fifth.
Coaches Bob Kelly and Sam Marshall were joined by former students Jessica
Cleary, Kara Fasone, and Dakota McCoy, who helped with judging. Also judging
for the team were parents Darrell and Marcia Ritchea, Rick Kidder, Jim
Vincent, and Christina Mooradian.