The Chesterton High School Speech team competed at the Valparaiso High
School Speech Tournament this past weekend. Fourteen schools attended the
tournament with the top five schools receiving a team trophy.
The Chesterton team placed third overall with one-hundred eleven points
behind Culver High School with one-hundred seventy-nine points and Munster
High School with one-hundred ninety-two points. The students competed in
four straight rounds with the varsity and novice students competing
Leading the novice division was freshman Isabella Portugal who was the
tournament champion in novice humor. In novice humor freshmen James VanDrie
placed second and sophomore Lexi Justak placed eighth. Chesterton’s freshman
scripted duo team of Keerat Basra and Megan Bernth placed first overall. In
memorized duo the team of sophomore Victoria Hooten and junior Shawn Adams
placed second, followed by the freshman team of Elaina Chavez and Cheyenne
Montes-Achison placing third. In novice drama junior, Carly Lowe, placed
fourth overall. Sophomore Berkli Thompson placed sixth in novice poetry. In
novice broadcasting senior Michael Stapay placed fifth overall. Finally, Max
Brown placed fifth in novice declamation.
The varsity side of the team had one tournament champion. Senior Mikaela
Meyer was the tournament champion in original oratory. Meyer was followed by
fellow senior Layla Mooradian who placed third overall. Sophomore, Sam
Gordon was the tournament runner up in varsity broadcasting. In varsity
drama Chesterton had three out of the top eight contestants. Seniors Justyn
Lantz, Liz Green and Danny Vincent placed fourth, fifth and eighth
respectively. In humor, senior Jake Williger placed fifth overall. Williger
and his partner senior, Joseph Hull placed seventh in original performance.
Sophomore Ellyn Winski was the tournament runner up in prose, followed by
junior, Kasey O’Keefe placing fourth. Winski also placed fifth in poetry.
“The team had a very successful day against some very intense competition. I
am very pleased with how this team continues to improve at every
tournament,” said Coach Eric Shaefer.
Coaches Eric Shaefer and Jessica Cleary were joined by several parents and
former students who assisted in judging at the tournament. Parents included
Jeremy Chavez, April Lantz and Cindy Justak. Former students Sarah Gawel,
Kayla Fleming and Jackson Fox were also in attendance.
The Chesterton team will be attending the Plymouth Speech Tournament next