The CHS Speech team
finished second in the AAA (large schools) IHSFA state finals this past
weekend and third overall. Ninety schools with nearly 1100 entries competed
in the tournament. All state qualifiers competed in three preliminary rounds
with the top 24 advancing to quarterfinals. From there the top 12 advanced
to semifinals and the top six then to final rounds in each of the fourteen
CHS had nine of its
entries advance to final rounds, with one state champion. Sophomore A.J.
Stirling took top honors in programmed oral interpretation (POI). Stirling
was also a quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation.
CHS also had three
runners-up in their respective events. Senior Josh Hogan finished second in
humorous interpretation, junior Allen Smith placed second in original
performance, and the sophomore team of Max Winski and Indy Loving were
second in duo interpretation. Hogan and his partner Logan Summers also semi-finaled
in duo interpretation. Smith was a semifinalist in humor and Winski was a
semifinalist in original performance.
Summers took fourth place in dramatic interpretation, and fellow senior
Connor Wantuch was fourth as well in international extemporaneous speaking.
Donovan, Hannah Geiss and Ryan Day also advanced to the final round of
competition. Donovan and Geiss placed third in prose and discussion,
respectively, and Day finished fifth in impromptu speaking. Donovan was also
a quarterfinalist in POI and Day was a quarterfinalist in U.S.
entries advancing to semifinals (top 12) included sophomores Owen Cowsert
and Emily Krygoske in broadcasting, freshman Lily Roberts in poetry and
senior Megan Daye and freshman Sanjana Raj in international extemporaneous
(top 24) included senior Aaron Drew in broadcasting, senior Katelyn Balakir
in both Impromptu and informative speaking, and senior Bryn Jackson and
sophomore Anna Leady in original oratory. Jackson and Leady also finished in
quarterfinals in duo.
In addition, senior
Amber Johnson was a quarterfinalist in both humor and poetry, sophomore Madi
Simms quartered in discussion, and sophomore Nick Hanson and freshman
Rebecca Mueller quartered in U.S. extemporaneous and prose, respectively.
Chris Lowery commented, “Although we were unable to repeat as state
champions, we are really proud of this team’s strong performance. They have
had a good year.”
The top five teams
from all three divisions were first place Munster, second place Fishers, and
third place CHS. Fourth place went to Plymouth High School, followed by
fifth place Ben Davis.
The CHS coaching
staff was joined by several former speech team members. Help with judging
came from Lexi Justak, Karly Carden, Noelle Friel, and Izzy Portugal.