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CHS speech team has strong showing at Munster Invite

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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.

In the 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 was seventh.

In duo 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.

Stirling also 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.

Joining Noelle 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.

“With sectionals 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 years.”

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 second.

Joining coach 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 Mitch Reynolds.


Posted 2/13/2017







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