The CHS Speech team
took top honors at the Ben Davis Giant Speakers Tournament, in Indianapolis,
this past weekend CHS placed first out of the 21 schools attending and had
five tournament champions. There were over 300 entries competing at the all
varsity tournament, and the top 12 in each event were recognized at the
Junior Allen Smith
and seniors Josh Hogan and Logan Summers led the way placing first and
second in their respective events. Smith was first in humorous
interpretation and second in original performance. Hogan was second in humor
and, along with his partner, Summers, took top honors in duo interpretation.
Summers also placed second in dramatic interpretation.
champions included seniors Katelyn Balakir in informative speaking and Ryan
Day in extemporaneous speaking. Balakir also placed fifth in impromptu
speaking. Both are debaters who have crossed over to speech now that debate
season has ended. Fellow debater, senior Connor Wantuch, placed second in
The team’s final
champion was sophomore AJ Stirling who won programmed oral interpretation
(POI). AJ has won POI at every Indiana tournament he has attended thus far.
Stirling also placed fifth in drama.
CHS had three other
entries finish in second place. Senior Bryn Jackson placed second in
original oratory and she and her partner, sophomore Anna Leady, were second
in duo interpretation. Senior Paige Donovan took second in prose reading.
Mueller, the team’s only freshman placing in two events, was third in
informative speaking and fifth in prose reading.
Several other CHS
entries placed in the top 12 and were recognized. Just missing finals and
placing seventh were Owen Cowsert (10) in broadcasting, Amber Johnson (12)
in humor, and Paige Donovan (12) in POI.
were Payton Disney (9) ninth in discussion and Anekah Fish (10) tenth in
discussion; Aaron Drew (12) ninth in broadcasting and Lily Roberts (9) tenth
in drama. In addition, Megan Daye (12) and Sanjana Raj (9) were ninth and
twelfth, respectively, in extemporaneous speaking, and Raj also placed ninth
Anna Leady was
twelfth in oratory and fellow sophomore Max Winski was 11th in original
performance. Leaha Estes (12) was eleventh in poetry and twelfth in prose,
and freshman Mei Pantuso was eighth in POI.
“We set a goal of
performing well here and trying to win in order to make a statement as
defending state champs,” said Coach Becky Uehling. “The team really came
CHS won with 221
points, followed by second place Munster with 174. Third place went to
Noblesville with 120 points, fourth to Fishers with 106 points and fifth to
Hamilton Southeastern with 71.
Eric Schaefer, and Josh Coots got judging help from several parents and
former students. Parents included Becky Summers, Claire Mueller, Jim
Vincent, and Michael Fish. Former team members Natalie Beglin and Hayden
Hodge also judged.