The Chesterton High
School Speech Team placed second at the Elkhart Central Speech Invitational
this past weekend.
tournament was attended by 13 schools with nearly 225 entries. Students
competed in four straight rounds with the top six in each event being
recognized at the awards ceremony. CHS had five tournament champions.
In student congress
senior Paul Petro took top honors followed by freshman Sanjana Raj in sixth
place. Congressional debaters usually compete at debate tournaments but
Central chose to include the event at its invitational.
In the speech
events CHS was led by its novices. Freshmen Rebecca Mueller, Anna Sanders,
Mei Pantuso, and Ally Clemento were tournament champions. Mueller won
informative speaking; Sanders, original oratory; and Pantuso, programmed
oral interpretation. Each has now won for the second time. Clemente took top
honors in novice humorous interpretation.
Elsewhere at the
novice level, junior Matt Koutsopanagos was second in dramatic
interpretation, freshman Giselle Hood was third in humor, while the duo team
of freshmen Anthony Evans and Tyler Gudeman placed second. In addition,
freshmen Payton Disney and Anne Pruitt were second and fifth, respectively,
in discussion. Finally, freshman Abby Wilcox was fourth in oratory; freshman
Janet (“Rosie”) Portelli, fifth in prose reading; and sophomore Tiffany
Thomas, third in original performance.
At the varsity
level broadcasting led the way with sophomores Owen Cowsert placing second,
followed by Emily Krygoske in third, and Zachary Mullins in fifth. Krygoske
also placed fourth in informative speaking and Mullins sixth in impromptu.
Loving was second in varsity humor, and sophomore Madison Simms and junior
Kardiay Kirk were third and fifth, respectively, in varsity discussion.
Head coach Becky
Uehling commented, “Our novices really stepped up and did a nice job today.
A lot of our success this year can be attributed to our freshmen and
CHS took second
overall behind first-place Plymouth High School and was followed in third by
Concord High School. Angola High School placed fourth and Dekalb followed in
Assistant coach Sam
Lee was joined by parents and former students who helped with judging.
Parents included Mrs. Mueller and Mrs. Portelli. Former students included
Hayden Hodge, Ayesha Khan, Tim Vincent, and Noelle Friel.