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.