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CHS Speech team places second at Munster Tournament

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The Chesterton High School Speech team competed at the Munster High School Speech Tournament this past weekend. Thirteen schools competed at the tournament with the top five schools receiving trophies.

The Chesterton team placed second overall behind Plymouth High School. The students competed in three preliminary rounds with the top six in each event advancing to a final round. There was also an “honor final” where the students who were on the verge of making the final round competed for seventh and eighth place.

Leading the team was junior, Kasey O’Keefe who was the tournament runner up in both prose and declamation. Following O’Keefe in declamation was senior, Mikaela Meyer who placed fifth. Meyer also placed fourth in original oratory. Along with Meyer, senior Layla Mooradian and junior Galen Wong placed fifth and sixth respectively in original oratory. Mooradian and her partner, senior Liz Green placed third in memorized duo, followed by the senior team of Jami Ritchea and Justyn Lantz placing fifth. Ritchea also placed third in humor followed by freshman, James VanDrie placing fourth, junior Lauren Hogan placing seventh and junior Jacob Williger placing eighth. Williger placed fifth in original performance followed by the senior team of Olivia Dujmovich and Danny Vincent.

The scripted duo team of sophomore Izzy Goodman and junior Carley Lowe placed sixth overall. In broadcasting Chesterton had four of the top eight finishers. Leading the event was sophomore, Eric Richardson who was the tournament runner up. Richardson was followed by freshman Katrina Balon who placed third, senior Nate Dickinson who placed fourth and junior Robert St.Pierre who placed eighth.

In poetry, sophomore Ellyn Winski placed eighth overall. In discussion, junior Savannah Tipton placed fourth followed by sophomore Edward Young placing seventh. In United States extemp, freshman Hayden Hodge placed seventh. In international extemp, senior Andrew Caratini placed fifth overall.

The team had several former students and parents assist coaches Eric Schaefer, Kirsten Reed, Bob Kelly and Jessica Cleary in judging. Former students included; Kayla Fleming, Sarah Gawel, and Sharon Coleman. Parents that aided in judging were; Alice and James Meyer, Marcia Ritchea, Geri Brown, Lori and James Vincent, and Nancy Hake.

“This weekend was a turning point for our team. We are finally moving towards where we need to be as we head into our heaviest competition of the season. The coaching staff could not be more proud of the work the team is doing despite having extremely busy academic and extra-curricular lives. The team’s success this weekend was a joint effort by every student,” said coach Eric Schaefer.

The Chesterton team will compete at the Fort Wayne Carroll High School tournament next weekend.


Posted 2/10/2014