The CHS speech team
attended the Fishers Forensic Festival held in Fishers, Indiana, last
Saturday. Twenty-five schools with more than 300 contestants participated in
the combined novice/varsity tournament. The tournament ran four straight
rounds with the top ten in each event at both levels being recognized at the
fourth overall, with nineteen of its 30 entries placing in the top ten.
The varsity team
was led by senior Izzy Portugal who was the tournament champion in humorous
interpretation and 10th in broadcasting. Two other seniors, Megan Bernth and
Keerat Basra, were the tournament champions in original performance. Bernth
also placed third in humor and led the team with sweepstakes points.
The varsity team
also did well in dramatic interpretation where juniors Emily Coleman and
Natalia Wadowski placed third and fourth, respectively. Fellow juniors Josh
Hogan and Logan Summers placed fifth in duo interpretation, and Hogan also
finished in seventh in humor.
Elsewhere at the
varsity level senior Angel Smith and sophomore Allen Smith finished second
in original performance; senior Natalie Beglin finished seventh in POI
(programmed oral interpretation) and eighth in original oratory. Junior
Simon Williger was sixth in broadcasting and junior Bryn Jackson placed
ninth in informative.
In the novice
division CHS performed well in humor with junior Amber Johnson placing
second and freshman Joey Wadowski finishing in sixth. Freshmen Anna Leady
and Alan Stirling also had strong performances in their respective events.
Leady was third in drama and Stirling was third in prose. Stirling was
presented with the team trophy in recognition of his attitude and work
ethic, as well as his performance at his first two tournaments
Also at the novice
level, sophomore Chloe Thomas placed fourth in poetry, and freshman Steve
Skelton finished seventh in drama.
“This was a huge
and very competitive tournament Š a little rare so early in the year. Our
team did well though and I think we learned a great deal today. The kids are
excited because they know they’re competitive with some of the best programs
in the state, and we weren’t even at full force today,” said coach Eric
Fishers would have
won its own tournament, but as the host school did not take a team trophy.
Munster and Warren Central tied for first place with 137 points, Hamilton
Southeastern was third with 118 points and CHS was fourth with 116 points.
Rounding out the top five was Noblesville with 114 points.
Eric Schaefer and Kayla Fleming to help with judging were former students
Sam Lee, Jami Ritchea, and Sam Thorton. In addition, parents Becky Summers
and Melissa Coleman also helped with judging.