The region met its
match this past weekend at the Bishop Noll Speech tournament, where
Chesterton won first place. Out of the forty entries brought by the team,
Chesterton had ten champions across eight events in both novice and varsity.
The team was led by
senior champion Jenna Aguilar, a triple finalist, who won prose reading as
well as placing third in informative speaking and fourth in radio
broadcasting. The team of George Tracy and Nathan Mullin were double
champions in both duo interpretation and original performance. Tracy and
Mullins were also third in radio broadcasting and fourth in humorous
interpretation, respectively. The final senior to finish as top speaker was
Max Winski in dramatic interpretation.
Junior Mattea Sklut,
another triple finalist, placed first in radio broadcasting as well as third
and fourth in humorous interpretation and impromptu speaking. Fellow junior
champions include Anna Sanders in original oratory, Lily Roberts in
programmed oral interpretation, and Rebecca Mueller, who tied Allison
Soblotne in informative speaking. The junior champions also placed well in
their second events; Sanders was fourth in prose reading, Roberts finished
third in duo along with her partner junior Kaitlyn Papka, and was fourth in
original oratory. The sole sophomore champion was Trace Zurek in novice
Chesterton did well
across the board, with ninety-six percent of the team placing in finals.
Other top varsity competitors include senior Anekah Fish placing third in
dramatic interpretation followed by sophomore Miranda Miller in fifth place.
In discussion, Sara Vasquez singularly represented the team with sixth
place. The sophomore team of Natalie Nu–ez and Miranda Miller were fourth in
duo interpretation. Fellow sophomore Heidi Boltze was runner up in both
humorous interpretation and poetry reading. Finishing just behind Boltze in
poetry reading and taking third place was junior Logan Riley. In addition to
her duo placing, Kaitlyn Papka also took fifth in programmed oral
interpretation. Finally, sophomore McKenna Middendorf was runner up in prose
The team’s success
was largely due to the excellent day of competition from Chesterton’s
novices. Freshman Chloee Ross was runner up and third in poetry and prose
reading, respectively. Sophomore Chris Israelite fished third in original
performance, sophomore Hannah Anders was fifth in humorous interpretation,
freshman Sam Evans was fifth place in poetry reading and sophomore Melanie
Konarski placed sixth in informative speaking.
Due to the great
efforts from both varsity and novice, the Chesterton speakers took overall
first place in the tournament, nudging out Culver Academies in second and
Munster High School in third.
The team’s coaches
Karly Carden, Eric Schaefer, Dakota McCoy, and Kathy Hadley, were joined by
parent judges Autumn Israelite, Melissa Polowsky, Bob Tracy, and Claire
This weekend the
Chesterton Speech and Debate team will split their squad. One group will
travel to Concord High School for some fierce competition from the
northeastern part of the state, while a select group will compete at The
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament, in the north suburbs of Chicago.
“The Glenbrooks is
the largest public school speech tournament in the country, with competition
from close to 250 high schools from all over the United States. Even on a
split squad weekend, we are ready to capitalize on the team’s early success
as much as possible,” said Coach Dakota McCoy. “They have started strong,
the hope is not to become complacent.”