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.
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.
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
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.