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CHS speech team takes second in giant invitational

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Chesterton’s speech team travelled to Ben Davis High School to compete in the “Giant Speakers Invitational” last weekend. Twenty-one schools with more than 500 entries competed in the all varsity tournament.

CHS took second place and won four individual championships. The top twelve in each event Đ some with over 50 entries - received awards.

Senior Noelle Friel led the way for CHS, taking top honors in both original oratory and programmed oral interpretation (POI). Friel was also recognized for placing fourth as a top speaker, an award for the number of sweepstakes points accumulated by individual contestants. “It was such an honor to be recognized as one of the top speakers at a tournament where there are so many talented competitors,” Freil said.

The team dominated humorous interpretation, placing four in the top six. Senior Izzy Portugal was the tournament champion, followed by sophomore Allen Smith in third, junior Amber Johnson was fifth, and junior Josh Hogan was sixth. Portugal and her partner, senior Karly Carden, also placed second in duo interpretation; and Hogan and his partner, junior Logan Summers, followed with a third place finish in duo, and Hogan also placed 10th in discussion.

CHS also had tournament champions in original performance. Seniors Keerat Basra and Megan Bernth won with their original duo interpretation.

Also in duo were the junior team of Bryn Jackson and Natalia Wadowski, placing fourth, and the freshman team of Anna Leady and Alan Stirling in 11th place. Jackson also finished 11th in informative speaking.

In dramatic interpretation the team had three students place. Senior James Van Drie was seventh, Karly Carden was eighth, and junior Paige Donovan was tenth. Donovan also placed ninth in prose reading. Van Drie was also fourth in poetry.

Senior Natalie Beglin finished second in original oratory and was seventh in POI. Also placing in POI, along with Friel and Beglin, was senior Angel Smith in fourth and sophomore Skylar Noschese in ninth. Angel Smith also placed tenth in poetry, and she and her brother, Allen, were third in original performance.

Sophomore Anjali Dzarski placed in two events, taking tenth in original performance and 12th in impromptu speaking.

Coach Eric Schaefer commented, “While we still have some events to improve in, a number of our students picked up where they left off in 2016, and we’re off to a great start for 2017.”

Fishers won the tournament with 223 points and CHS followed in second with 176. Ben Davis would have been third with 164 points but did not take a trophy as the host school. In third was Noblesville with 117 points, followed by Richmond High School with 78 and fifth place Cathedral with 52 points.

Coaches Schaefer and Becky Uehling were joined by a host of former team members who helped with judging. Judges included Sam Lee, Jack Deuberry, Ellyn Winski, Ayesha Khan, Lexi Justak, Mikaela Meyer, Danny Vincent, and Natalle Kezy.


Posted 1/10/2017




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