Despite problems with the weather, the Chesterton High School speech team
managed to make it to the "Ben Davis Giant Speakers Invitational" this past
weekend in Indianapolis. Even though several schools had to cancel due to
the weather, nineteen schools and over 400 contestants attended the all
varsity tournament. CHS finished fourth as a team, and had six entries
advance to final rounds.
Three seniors led the way with Jami Ritchea placing third in humor, and
Layla Mooradian and Mikaela Meyer placing third and fourth, respectively, in
original oratory. Senior Justyn Lantz, just missed making the final round in
drama and finished seventh.
A pleasant surprise was the performance of several underclassmen, some
competing at their first varsity tournament. Freshman James Van Drie
finished fifth in humor, and the freshman memorized duo team of Elaina
Chavez and Cheyenne Montes-Atchison placed seventh. Freshman Natalie Beglin
took seventh place in prose.
Sophomore Ellyn Winski, one of four students competing in three events,
finished fifth in poetry.
"Prose and poetry are always two of the biggest and most competitive events,
and to have a freshman and a sophomore do well, at a tournament as
competitive as this one, is a good sign,” said coach Kirsten Reed.
Fishers High School won the tournament, followed by Noblesville in second
and Warren Central in third.
The CHS team will travel to Lafayette Jeff this coming weekend.