The Chesterton High
School speech team had another strong showing at the Munster Speech
Invitational last weekend. Eight schools with more than 200 entries competed
at the all varsity speech tournament. CHS had seven tournament champions and
took first place.
Once again senior
Noelle Friel had an outstanding day winning both original oratory and
programmed oral interpretation (POI). Friel has won oratory at all five of
the tournaments the team has attended this year. She was followed in oratory
by sophomore Evan Ekblaw who finished in sixth place.
Izzy Portugal was
the tournament champion in humorous interpretation, her fourth win in five
tournaments. Portugal was followed by sophomore Allen Smith in second,
junior Josh Hogan in fourth, junior Amber Johnson in sixth and senior Megan
Bernth in eighth.
Hogan and his
partner, junior Logan Summers, took top honors in duo interpretation, and
Summers also finished fifth in dramatic interpretation. Joining him in drama
were junior Paige Donovan in third place, and senior James Van Drie in
fourth. Donovan was also third in prose, and Van Drie finished in second
place in poetry.
Senior Angel Smith
was the tournament champion in poetry, and she and her brother Allen
finished fifth in original performance. Also placing in poetry was sophomore
Chloe Thomas, taking third. Thomas placed sixth in prose as well.
Junior Aaron Drew
won broadcasting and five of his teammates placed as well. Junior Nate
Scheerer was fourth, freshman Emily Krygoske and junior Amber Johnson were
fifth and sixth, respectively, and freshman Anekah Fish was eighth. Winski
also placed eighth in drama.
The team’s seventh
champion was sophomore Anjali Dzarski, winning impromptu speaking. Dzarski
also placed seventh in original performance. Following Dzarski in impromptu
were sophomore Madi Ghoreishi in second, junior Connor Wantuch in third and
junior Katelyn Balakir in fourth.
extemporaneous events CHS placed five students. In international Connor
Wantuch was second, Madi Ghoreishi was third and freshman Ben Hoham was
sixth. In U.S. junior Aaron Brookhouse was fifth and sophomore Eli Didonna
interpretation juniors Bryn Jackson and Natalia Wadowski came in third.
Jackson and Wadowski were also fourth and fifth, respectively, in
informative speaking. Junior Nathan Herr finished sixth in informative and
the freshman team of Alan Stirling and Anna Leady finished eighth in duo.
placed eighth in prose, behind teammate, sophomore Skylar Noschese. Freshman
Indigo Loving placed seventh in drama, and the original performance team of
Megan Bernth and senior Keerat Basra finished with a third place.
Friel in POI were junior Leaha Estes in second place, senior Baily Valtierra
in fifth and junior Gina Kezy in sixth. And in discussion junior Hannah
Geiss took second place and freshman Madison Simms was sixth.
right around the corner, things are really looking pretty good. We’re
getting stronger in all fourteen events, and we’re going to have to make
some tough choices when it comes to setting our final sectional entry,” said
Coach Eric Schaefer. “This is one of our better teams in the past several
Chesterton won the
tournament, followed by Richmond High School in second and Valparaiso in
third. Bishop Noll finished in fourth, followed by Hanover Central in fifth.
As the host school Munster did not take a trophy and would have placed
Schaefer were coaches Kayla Fleming, Bob Kelly, Dakota McCoy and Sam Lee. In
addition, several parents and former students helped with judging. Parents
included Jim Vincent, Diane Zelinski, Barbara Black, and Tina Cowsert.
Former students included Kaley Brown, Ayesha Khan and Xavier Loving and