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CHS Speech has ten champions at Bishop Noll tournament

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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 original performance.

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 reading.

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 Mueller.

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.”


Posted 11/22/2019




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