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CHS Speech team places 3rd at IHSFA State tourney

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The Chesterton High School Speech team placed third in the AAA division at the IHSFA State Speech Tournament at Fishers High School recently. There were 48 schools with over 600 entries competing. Chesterton had 28 entries competing at the tournament.

Chesterton had eight finalists in six of the 14 events.

Senior Nate Dickinson was the tournament champion in broadcasting. Dickinson was followed by junior, Robert St. Pierre who placed fifth.

In humor senior Jami Ritchea placed sixth overall. Junior Eric Zhong was the sixth placed finisher in discussion. Jake Williger, a junior, placed fifth in original performance. In impromptu sophomore Tim Vincent placed sixth. Senior Mikaela Meyer was the fourth place finisher in original oratory. Finally, senior Jessica Ratel-Khan placed sixth in United States extemp.

In addition to Chesterton’s eight finalists the team had 13 students who advanced to a semi-final but did not advance further. In discussion sophomore Eddie Young placed twelfth followed by junior Savannah Tipton placed thirteenth. In international extemp sophomore Tim Vincent placed tenth, followed by senior Andrew Carratini who placed seventeenth. Junior, Kasey O’Keefe placed twelfth in declamation and eighth in prose.

In broadcasting, sophomore Eric Richardson placed eleventh overall. Senior Justyn Lantz placed eighth overall in drama and Lantz and partner Jami Ritchea placed seventh in memorized duo. In scripted duo Lauren Hogan (11) and Lexi Justak (10) placed fourteenth. Senior Liz Green was the twelfth placed finisher in humor. In original oratory Galen Wong (11) placed eleventh overall. Finally, junior Nate Burris placed fifteenth overall in United States extemp.

“The entire coaching staff could not be more pleased with the results of this tournament. We had more students advance to semi-finals and finals than in recent years. Third place with twenty-eight entries is very impressive. The coaching staff is very pleased and proud of the team’s efforts,” said coach Eric Schaefer.

The Chesterton team had several parents, former students, and community members assist coaches Bob Kelly, Eric Schaefer, Kirsten Reed, Jessica Cleary and Josh Coots. Judges included Kayla Fleming, James Vincent, Marcia Ritchea and Greg Lanter.

Several members of the Chesterton speech team will be attending the National Catholic Forensic League’s tournament on Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, Illinois.



Posted 3/18/2014