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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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