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CHS Speech team has five champions at IHSFA Sectional

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The Chesterton Speech Team took second place at the Section 1 IHSFA sectional tournament this past weekend. The team advanced 34 of its 38 entries to the state finals which will be held March 10 in Indianapolis. Nine schools competed in what is the toughest sectional in the state, dominated by perennial powers Chesterton and Munster. The top six in each of the 14 events advanced to compete at state.

CHS had five tournament champions. Seniors Josh Hogan and Logan Summers led the way with a championship in duo interpretation. Summers also placed second in dramatic interpretation, and Hogan was second in humorous interpretation.

Senior Katelyn Balakir was the tournament champion in impromptu speaking and also placed third in informative speaking. Fellow senior Hannah Geiss also continued her dominance in discussion, taking top honors. Following Geiss in discussion was sophomore Madi Simms in fifth place.

Two sophomores also came away with tournament championships. A.J. Stirling won programmed oral interpretation (POI) and Owen Cowsert was the champion in broadcasting. Stirling was also fourth in drama.

Following Cowsert in broadcasting was senior Aaron Drew in fourth and sophomore Emily Krygoske in fifth. Following Stirling in POI was sophomore Mei Pantuso in fourth and senior Paige Donovan in sixth.

Donovan also placed sixth in prose, behind freshman Rebecca Mueller who came in third. Mueller also finished in fourth place in informative speaking as well.

Following Hogan and Summers in duo were sophomores Max Winski and Indy Loving in third, and senior Bryn Jackson and sophomore Anna Leady in fifth. Jackson and Leady also advanced to state in original oratory, placing second and sixth, respectively. Freshman Anna Sanders also advanced in oratory with a fifth place finish.

Junior Allen Smith placed second in original performance, followed by Winski in sixth. Smith also placed fourth in humor and was followed by senior Amber Johnson who placed sixth in both humor and poetry. Freshman Lily Roberts, competing for her first time in poetry, came in third.

The team advanced five in the extemporaneous speaking events. In international senior Connor Wantuch placed second, followed by senior Megan Daye in third and freshman Sanjani Raj in fifth. In U.S. sophomore Nick Hanson placed fourth and senior Ryan Day was fifth. Day also placed sixth in impromptu.

“We have a competitive group going to state,” said Coach Becky Uehling, “but they have their work cut out for them if they are going to defend the state title.”

Munster High School (220) was the IHSFA Sectional champion, followed by Chesterton (180) in second, Valparaiso (39) in third and Bishop Noll (6) in fourth. Fifth place went to Knox High School, also with six points.

The CHS coaching staff was joined by numerous parents and former team members who helped with judging or managing the tournament.

State finals will be at Fishers High School on March 10.


Posted 2/26/2018




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