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CHS Speech takes first at John Oliver Speech Invite

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Chestertonís speech team finished out the 2016 part of its 2016 – 2017 season in grand fashion. The speech team placed first in a competitive tournament featuring several of the top programs from around the state.

Eighteen schools with nearly 400 entries attended the John Oliver Speech Invitational at Plymouth High School. The tournament recognized the top 12 in each event at the varsity level and the top six in each event at the novice level.

CHS had four varsity champions. Junior Josh Hogan won humorous interpretation, the senior team of Izzy Portugal and Karly Carden won duo interpretation, and senior Natalie Beglin won POI (programmed oral interpretation). Junior Bryn Jackson was the teamís fourth champion, taking top honors in informative speaking.

Hogan and his partner, junior Logan Summers, placed second in duo. In addition, Carden was third in dramatic interpretation and Portugal was sixth in humorous interpretation. Beglin also placed in original oratory, taking fourth place.

In addition to Hogan and Summers, the team had five other entries finish in second place. Seniors Angel Smith and Grace Polka were second in poetry interpretation and informative, respectively; the senior team of Megan Bernth and Keerat Basra were second in original performance; senior Noelle Friel finished second in POI, and junior Paige Donovan was second in drama.

Angel Smith and her partner, sophomore Allen Smith, placed eighth in original performance. Bernth was seventh in humor, behind Allen Smith who finished fifth. Paige Donovan also placed sixth in prose interpretation, and Friel was eleventh in original oratory.

Also placing at the varsity level was junior Emily Coleman, fifth in drama, and sophomore Skylar Noschese, sixth in POI. Sophomore Spencer Summers was ninth in discussion and senior Bailey Valtierra was tenth in POI.

At the novice level freshman Alan Stirling placed third in prose interpretation, as did junior Amber Johnson in humor. Freshmen Chloe Thomas and Indigo Loving finished fourth, respectively, in poetry and drama. Also in drama, freshmen Anna Leady and Max Winski, placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

ďThis team has not realized its full potential yet. Today was great but we know we can be even better,Ē said Coach Becky Uehling.

Chesterton won with 208 points, followed by second place Fishers High School with 196 points. Munster was third with 193 points, Culver Academies fourth with 155 points and Concord High School with 82 points in fifth.

Joining Coaches Uehling and Kayla Fleming were parents and former students who helped with judging. Parents were John and Melissa Valtierra and Diane Zielinski, and former students were Sam Lee and Katie Stirling. The teamís next tournament will be January 7, 2017, at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.



Posted 12/13/2016






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