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CHS Speech team competitive at Minneapple Speech Tournament

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The Chesterton High School Speech Team had an excellent showing on the national circuit this past weekend. A select group of thirteen students traveled to suburban Minneapolis to compete in the prestigious Minneapple Speech Tournament at Apple Valley High School. Featuring national-circuit teams from as far away as California and Florida, the Minneapple Speech Tournament is a competitive challenge with over 1,200 competitors and judges.

The day started off with roughly fifty competitors in each event. Students competed in three preliminary rounds, with the top half advancing to semifinals. At the end of the day, the top six speakers with the best cumulative scores, advanced to the final round.

Despite having one of the smallest teams present, the Chesterton speakers did not hold back, advancing five entries to semifinals and two students to the top six.

Seniors Anekah Fish and Nathan Mullin led the team as Chesterton’s only finalists. Fish was fourth overall in dramatic interpretation, and Mullin was tournament champion in creative expression. Mullin and his partner, fellow senior, George Tracy, also advanced to the semi finals in memorized duo. The team’s other semi finalists, placing in the top twelve, included senior Max Winski in dramatic interpretation, the junior team of Lily Roberts and Kaitlyn Papka in memorized duo, and sophomore Dylan Leavitt in both humorous interpretation, and programmed oral interpretation.

“The reason we travel so far is to expose our team to different experiences, and this weekend on the national circuit, our kids held their own against some of the best speakers in the country. It was wonderful to watch the team step it up and exceed expectations” said head coach Eric Schaefer. “The plan is to ride this wave all the way to the postseason.”

This Saturday, the team will compete at Crown Point and help them host their first full speech tournament. Afterward, there will be only two regular season tournaments left before sectionals at the end of the month.

 

Posted 2/6/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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