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.
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
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.
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.