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CHS speech takes second at Elkhart Central Invite

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The Chesterton High School Speech Team placed second at the Elkhart Central Speech Invitational this past weekend.

The novice/varsity 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.

Sophomore Indigo 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 sophomores.”

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 fifth.

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.



Posted 11/22/2017




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