The Chesterton Speech team attended the first combined varsity and novice
tournament of the season at the Culver Academies last weekend. Eight schools
with over one-hundred contestants competed at the tournament. The students
competed in three preliminary rounds, with the top six in each event
advancing to a final round.
CHS placed fourth overall in the sweepstakes award of the eight schools that
attended. The team had at least one finalist in most of the eleven events
Leading the way for the varsity team was junior Kasey O’Keefe, who was the
tournament champion in prose.
In memorized duo seniors Justyn Lantz and Jami Ritchea placed second, with
teammates senior Danny Vincent and junior Lauren Hogan placing seventh.
Lantz also placed eighth in dramatic interpretation with sophomore Isabella
Goodman placing seventh.
In humorous interpretation Ritchea placed fifth overall with senior Layla
Mooradian placing seventh. Mooradian was also the tournament runner up in
Finishing out the varsity side of the team was sophomore Sam Gordon placing
second in radio.
In the novice division Chesterton led the way in memorized duo
interpretation by taking the top three places. The freshman duo team of
Elaina Chavez and Cheyenne Montes-Achison were the tournament champions
followed by junior, Shawn Adams and his partner, sophomore Victoria Hooten
placing second. Freshmen Lexy Hanas and Mackenzi Kirkham finished third
behind their teammates.
In scripted duo the freshman team of Keerat Basra and Megan Bernth placed
Chesterton also had a strong showing in novice humorous interpretation with
sophomore Lexi Justak placing first in the event, followed by sophomore
Ayesha Khan who placed third. Freshman Isabella Portugal also placed seventh
in the event.
In the event of declamation the team had three finalists. Freshman Andrea
Hanas placed second, followed by senior Max Brown placing fourth overall.
Senior Michael Stapay placed eighth overall in declamation and also second
In prose both freshmen Natalie Beglin and Hayley O’Keefe placed third and
Finally in poetry sophomore C.C. Smith placed fifth overall in the event.
“Our team had great results for the first varsity tournament of the season.
The coaching staff could not be more pleased with the efforts and hard work
this team is putting forth,” said assistant coach Kirsten Reed.
Coaches Kirsten Reed and Jessica Cleary were joined by several parents and
former students who assisted in judging. Parents included Laurie Hanas, Anna
Hooten and Marcia Ritchea. Former student Maxwell Grubbs also assisted in
The team will be attending the novice/varsity Concord High School Tournament