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CHS Speech team qualifies 28 for Indiana state finals

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The Chesterton Speech team qualified 28 of its 40 entries for the IHSFA state finals to be held in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 15.

LaPorte High School hosted the IHSFA Section 1 Sectional Tournament, which included 11 schools that competed in the 14 individual events. The top six in each event qualified for the state finals. The CHS team placed second overall and had one tournament champion.

Chesterton had the top four radio placers with senior, Nathan Dickinson being the tournament champion in broadcasting. Dickinson was followed by Sam Gordon (10), Eric Richardson (10) and Robert St. Pierre (11), respectively.

In Declamation junior Kasey O’Keefe placed fourth and senior Max Brown placed fifth. In discussion all three of Chesterton’s entries qualified with junior Eric Zhong placing third, junior Savannah Tipton placing fourth and sophomore Edward Young placing fifth.

In drama senior Justyn Lantz placed fifth overall, and junior, Carley Lowe placed seventh, making her the first alternate for the state competition.

All three memorized duo entries placed at the competition. The senior team of Justyn Lantz and Jami Ritchea placed fourth with Shawn Adams (11) and Victoria Hooten (10) placing fifth. The senior team of Liz Green and Layla Mooradian placed seventh, making them the first alternate.

In scripted duo Lauren Hogan (11) and Lexi Justak (10) placed fifth overall, and Isabella Goodman (10) and Carley Lowe (11) placed sixth. The freshman team of Elaina Chavez and Cheyenne Montes-Achison placed seventh, making them the first alternate for state competition.

In humor senior Liz Green placed fourth with Jami Ritchea (12) placing fifth. Freshman James Van Drie was the alternate for the event.

The two Chesterton entries in United States extemporaneous speaking, Nate Burris (11) and Jessica Ratel-Khan (12), placed third and sixth, respectively. Burris also placed sixth in impromptu with Tim Vincent (10) placing third in the event. Vincent also placed fourth in international extemporaneous speaking followed by Andrew Caratini (12) placing fifth.

Senior Mikaela Meyer placed fourth in original oratory. Meyer was followed by junior Galen Wong who placed fifth.

In poetry, senior Olivia Dujmovich placed sixth overall. Dujmovich and her partner Danny Vincent (12) were the first alternates in original performance behind Jake Williger (11) who placed sixth.

In prose Kasey O’Keefe (11) placed fourth followed by freshman Natalie Beglin who placed sixth. Sophomore, Victoria Hooten placed eighth, making her the second alternate for state competition.

“This sectional is the toughest in the state. The kids really came through and did a nice job today. They have been a good group to work with all year,” said coach Eric Schaefer.

Munster High school was the sectional champion amassing 243 points. CHS followed in second with 128 points, and Valparaiso High School placed third with 30 points. Gary Wirt-Emerson High School placed fourth and Portage High School placed fifth.

The Chesterton Coaching staff was assisted by numerous former students and community members, who helped in judging. The team will now prepare for its district qualifier, which will be held at Plymouth this coming weekend.



Posted 3/4/2014