team placed second at one of the largest speech invitationals ever held in
Indiana. The all varsity tournament, hosted by Fishers High School, was
attended by 50 schools with more than 650 entries.
CHS had nine of its
24 entries advance through the three preliminary rounds as well as
semifinals in order to compete in the final round. Five other entries
advanced to semifinals but not to finals.
The team was led by
sophomore AJ Sterling, who was the tournament champion in programmed oral
interpretation (POI) and second in dramatic interpretation. Senior Paige
Donovan placed third in POI, and senior Logan Summers was sixth in drama.
Summers and his
partner, senior Josh Hogan, finished third in duo interpretation, behind
teammates Bryn Jackson (12) and Anna Leady, who were second. Hogan also
placed second in humorous interpretation.
In public address
events senior Katelyn Balakir placed second in her first tournament doing
informative speaking. Freshman Abbey Wilcox, performing at the varsity level
for the first time, placed sixth in original oratory.
“A second place at
a tournament of this size was a pleasant surprise. We had a number of
students unable to attend because this tournament fell at the end of our
break, said Coach Eric Schaefer, “The kids who did make it, and had to get
on the bus at 3:30 in the morning, really did well.”
CHS finished with
95 points behind the tournament champs, Noblesville with 103. Third place
went to Plymouth High School with 80 points, fourth to Bishop Dwenger with
64 points and fifth to Hamilton Southeastern with 56 points.
Becky Uehling, and Kayla Fleming got judging help from parents and alumni.
Parent Claire Mueller along with graduates Noelle Friel, Izzy Portugal, and
Lexi Justak all braved the cold to help.