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CHS Speech team finishes second in their division at IHSFA state finals

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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 events.

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.

Senior Logan Summers took fourth place in dramatic interpretation, and fellow senior Connor Wantuch was fourth as well in international extemporaneous speaking.

Seniors Paige 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. extemporaneous speaking.

Other Chesterton 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 speaking.

Quarterfinalists (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.

Program Director 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.


Posted 3/13/2018




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