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CHS Speech team does well across the board at Culver Invitational

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The Chesterton High School Speech team finished in second place at the Culver Academies Speech Invitational this past weekend. Six schools with nearly 200 entries competed in the varsity tournament. CHS had six tournament champions. Despite having an entry half the size of Culverís winning team, Chestertonís performance was admirable.

Leading the varsity division and winning all three of her events was junior Lily Roberts. Roberts was tournament champion in prose reading, programmed oral interpretation, as well as first place in memorized duo with partner Kaitlyn Papka. Papka, a junior, also placed fourth in programmed oral interpretation.

Other champions included Indigo Loving in original oratory, Jenna Aguilar in informative speaking and Mark Jewison in United States extemporaneous speaking.

Six other students contributed to CHSís team total by placing second. The teams runner ups included junior Anna Sanders in original oratory, sophomore Cholee Ross in poetry interpretation, senior Emily Krygoske in broadcasting, Hamza Sahli in international extemporaneous speaking, sophomore Miranda Miller in prose reading, and sophomore Dylan Leavitt in both humorous interpretation and programmed oral interpretation.

Another fantastic outcome from the weekend was that Chesterton placed three speakers in impromptu. Leading the varsity group was senior Mark Jewison, placing third. He was followed by sophomore Emma Ekblaw in fifth, and in sixth was junior Mattea Sklut. Sklut also placed well in United States extemporaneous speaking by finishing third, followed by sophomore Melina Veltri in fourth. Natalie Nunez also finished third in the individual event of poetry interpretation as well as placing third, with her partner Miranda Miller, in memorized duo. Other third place finishes include seniors Emily Krygoske in original oratory and Peyton Day in international extemporaneous speaking.

Then the teams broadcasters, senior Jenna Aguilar and junior Mckenna Middendorf, finished third and fifth respectively. Middendorf was also a finalist in prose interpretation, along with junior Anna Sanders, who placed fifth and eight respectively.

Other CHS speakers to place well included juniors Allison Soblotne and John Petro. Soblotne was fifth in informative speaking and Petro was seventh in discussion.

 ďWe were ecstatic to have every single one of our 30 entries finish in the top eight. Culver may have won the day by 12 points, but as a host school they didnít have to limit their teamís entry. The results from this weekend reassured our desired postseason dynamic. Every team will be limited to their best 40 entries. No one, not even us, can hide behind an unlimited team size. It is our best 40 entries against their best 40 entries, and that type of head to head competition usually brings out the best in our team," said head coach Eric Schaefer.

Chesterton placed second, behind Culver Academies. Coaches Chris Lowery, Tim Young, and Karly Carden would like to thank the parents and community members who volunteered to judge the tournament.


Posted 2/21/2020




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