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CHS speech team takes second in sectional

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In a tightly contested sectional tournament, the CHS speech team came in second at the Section 1 IHSFA sectional tournament in Valparaiso. Once again, perennial rival Munster edged the team out in the final two events at the end. Munster won with 206 points, followed by Chesterton with 197 points. Valparaiso was third, followed by LaPorte in fourth and Knox in fifth.

Eight schools competed in the tournament with the top six scorers in each of the fourteen events advancing to the state tournament in Indianapolis. Chesterton had seven tournament champions and advanced 34 of its 40 entries to the state finals.

Seniors led the way for CHS with five of the seven championships. Hayden Hodge won U.S. extemporaneous speaking, Natalie Beglin won original oratory, Noelle Friel took top honors in POI (programmed oral interpretation), Angel Smith was first in poetry and the original performance team of Megan Bernth and Keerat Basra came in on top. Hodge also placed third in impromptu, Smith was fourth in POI followed by Beglin in sixth. Friel was second in oratory, and Bernth was fifth in prose.

Junior Natalia Wadowski was the tournament champion in informative speaking, and fellow junior Josh Hogan took first place in humorous interpretation. Hogan and his partner, junior Logan Summers, also placed second in duo interpretation.

Two other duo teams advanced to state finals. Seniors Karly Carden and Izzy Portugal placed third and the freshman team of Anna Leady and Alan Stirling were fifth. Carden also placed fifth in drama and Portugal was second in humor.

Following Hogan and Portugal in humor was sophomore Allen Smith in third and Amber Johnson in sixth. Smith also placed fourth in original performance.

In addition to advancing four in humor, the team also advanced four in impromptu speaking. Junior Katelyn Balakir finished ahead of Hodge in second place, followed by junior Connor Wantuch in fourth and sophomore Anjali Dzarski in sixth. Wantuch also placed third in international extemporaneous speaking, followed by sophomore Madi Ghoreishi in fourth.

CHS advanced three to the state finals in broadcasting. Junior Paul Petro led the way with a second place finish, followed by senior Nate Scheerer in third and junior Aaron Drew in fourth.

In drama senior James Van Drie placed third and junior Paige Donovan was fourth. Van Drie placed third in poetry as well. He was followed by teammate, sophomore Chloe Thomas, who was sixth.

Junior Hannah Geiss was fourth in discussion and junior Bryn Jackson was fourth in informative.

“Section one is always the most difficult sectional in the state. These kids did a great job of advancing a team that will be ready to compete at state in two weeks,” said Program Director Chris Lowery.

The CHS coaching staff was joined by a host of former students and parents who helped with judging. The team will now prepare for the national qualifying tournament, which will be held in Plymouth, Indiana, on March 4, and the state tournament on March 11.



Posted 2/27/2017




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