speech team dominated the Northeast District competition this weekend taking
eight of the twelve national qualifying spots. Twenty of the team’s 24
entries advanced to final rounds (top six), and the team had at least one
qualifier in each event. The tournament began with 90 students from seven
schools in the Northeast District. All students competed in two preliminary
rounds with the top 12 in each event advancing two semifinals and then the
top six moving on to a final round.
included seniors Justyn Lantz and Jami Ritchea in memorized duo, Liz Green
in humor, Mikaela Meyer and Galen Wong in oratory and Andrew Caratini in
international extemp. In addition Shawn Adams (11) and Victoria Hooten (10)
qualified in memorized duo, Carley Lowe (11) in drama, Nate Burris in United
States extemp. This will be Ritchea’s and Meyer’s second national
tournament. Both Ritchea and Lantz qualified in their single events, humor
and duo respectively, but chose to attend the national tournament in duo.
Tim Vincent (10) qualified in international extemp but chose to go in policy
debate. The NFL national tournament will be held in Overland Park, Kansas in
“We are very proud
to have such a large group heading to the national tournament this summer.
The huge success this weekend is what we need to continue our drive into
state next weekend. While the coaching staff is extremely proud of those who
qualified we are also incredibly proud of the talented kids who did not
qualify. They have grown so much and proven class acts in dealing with
disappointing news,” said coach Eric Schaefer.
The team also won
the sweepstakes awards for most rounds in speech, and speech & debate
Other finalists for
Chesterton included six alternates- students who could qualify if either of
the two qualifiers were unable to attend the national tournament. The six
alternates were seniors Liz Green and Layla Mooradian in memorized duo,
Mooradian in oratory, Danny Vincent (12) in drama, James VanDrie (9) in
humor, Jessica Ratel-Khan (12) and Hayden Hodge (9) in United States extemp.
Also in final
rounds were junior Kasey O’Keefe, who placed fifth in drama, Isabella
Portugal (9) who placed sixth in humor, and Andrea Drygas who placed sixth
in international extemp. Drygas will be going to the national tournament,
however, because she had previously qualified in Congressional debate.
Coaches Bob Kelly,
Eric Scheafer, Kirsten Reed, and Jessica Cleary were assisted by several
former students and parents who helped with judging the tournament.