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CHS Speech team fourth at Bradley Invite

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The CHS speech team attended Bradley Universityís George Armstrong Heart of Illinois High School Invitational last weekend. The team placed fourth in a field if 16 schools from four states. All students, novice, varsity, and in some cases combined competed in three preliminary rounds with the top 14 advancing to semifinals and then the top six going on to finals. CHS had 11 of its entries in final rounds and three tournament champions.

Tournament champions included the varsity duet acting team of junior Josh Hogan and sophomore Allen Smith, as well as senior Angel Smith in varsity poetry. At the novice level freshman Alan Stirling was the tournament champion in prose interpretation.

Hogan and his partner, junior Logan Summers also placed third in duo interpretation, and Angel Smith was also a double finalist, placing fifth in programmed oral interpretation (POI).

Senior Izzy Portugal also placed in two events. She and her partner, senior Karly Carden, finished second in duo interpretation, and she finished third in humorous interpretation. Following Portugal in humor was senior Megan Bernth who placed fifth.

Other POI finalists were seniors Noelle Friel and Natalie Beglin. They finished fourth and fifth, respectively. And finally, the teamís only public address finalist was senior Grace Polka who finished fourth.

The teamís only public address finalist was senior Grace Polka in informative. She was able to write and perform her new informative with less than two weeks of preparation.

ďA number of our students in interp events did well this weekend, but we still have work to do in several other events to be competitive across the board. But given the number of students we were missing due to the Madrigal and SAT testing, we were pleased with a fourth place finish,Ē said Coach Eric Schaefer.

Normal University High School won the tournament with 181 points. Ben Davis (Indiana) was second with 95 points, followed by Pekin (Illinois) in third with 89 points. CHS finished fourth with 84 points and Apple Valley (Minnesota) was fifth with 61 points.

Joining coach Schaefer as judges were parents Diane Zielinsky and Becky Summers. Also judging were former students Sam Lee, who has also volunteered coaching time, and Berkli Thompson.

Three students unable to attend the Bradley tournament went with Coach Kayla Fleming to compete at the Valparaiso Invitational on Saturday. Sophomores Evan Ekblaw and Anjali Dzarski placed third in their respective events – Ekblaw in original oratory and Dzarski in original performance.

Fourteen schools attended the Valparaiso tournament. Plymouth won with 179 points, followed in second by Culver Academies with 163 points. Bishop Dwenger was third with 120 points, Concord was fourth with 106 points and Munster was fifth with 82 points.


Posted 12/7/2016




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