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.
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
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.
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.