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CHS Speech team continues with a strong season

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On December 15, the Chesterton High School Speech Team traveled to LaPorte High School for the T-Minus Ten (days until Christmas) tournament. Because of their hard work, the team took second place overall out of thirteen local teams.

Sophomores Rebecca Mueller and Anna Sanders took the top two spots in Original Oratory. The following team members also took champion titles in their respective events: junior Owen Cowsert for Broadcasting, junior Max Winski for Humorous Interpretation, juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin for Original Performance, and junior Alan Stirling for Program of Oral Interpretation. Winski also took third place in Original Performance while Stirling took Dramatic Interpretation runner-up.

Other finalists included junior Jenna Aguilar and sophomore Mattea Sklut, with third and fourth place respectively, in broadcasting; junior Miranda Miller and senior Matt Koutsopanagos with a respective third and fifth place in Dramatic Interpretation; freshman Heidi Boltze with fourth place in Humorous Interpretation; sophomore Allison Soblotne with third place in Informative Speaking, Lucy Novreske and Gabi Castro with a respective fourth and sixth place in Original Performance, and freshman Natalie Nunez with sixth place in Poetry Reading.

On January 5, the team traveled to suburban Indianapolis for the Fishers High School Forensics Festival where the team placed second overall. Forty-seven schools from around the state competed in Speech and Debate events, with over 600 total entries in the tournament.

Junior Alan Stirling took home another Program of Oral Interpretation champion title while junior Nathan Mullin took home the Humorous Interpretation champion title. Runner-up titles went to sophomore Rebecca Mueller in Original Oratory and juniors Max Winski and Indy Loving in Duo. Other finals placings included Winski with third place in Original Performance and fifth place in Humorous Interpretation; Stirling with fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation; and junior Anekah Fish with third place in Prose Reading and sixth in Informative Speaking. Non-advancing semifinalists recognized among the top 12 entries included the following Chesterton High School students: freshman Heidi Boltze in Humorous Interpretation; sophomore Lily Roberts both in Prose Reading and Poetry Reading; sophomore Rebecca Mueller in Dramatic Interpretation; sophomore Anna Sanders in Original Oratory, and junior Jenna Aguilar in Broadcasting.

The team continues its second half of the season with upcoming appearances at local tournaments in Elkhart, Mishawaka, and Culver, as well as an appearance at the prestigious Minneapple Speech Tourna-ment in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where they will face some of the best teams in the country.



Posted 1/10/2019




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