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CHS Speech team is second at Fishers High School tourney

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Chesterton’s speech 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.

Coaches Schaefer, 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.


Posted 1/8/2018





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