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CHS Speech team earns 4th at Fishers tourney

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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 awards ceremony.

Chesterton placed 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 Schaefer.

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.

Joining coaches 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.


Posted 11/9/2016




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