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CHS speech team takes second place Plymouth Invite

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The Chesterton Speech Team took second place at the Plymouth High School “Snowmageddon Invitational” Saturday. Nineteen schools with over 250 entries competed in four, all varsity, prelim rounds and then a final for the top six performers. As well as next-in finals for places sixth through twelfth, CHS finished with five tournament champions.

Junior Rebecca Mueller was tournament champion in informative speaking as well as third in original oratory. Finishing first in oratory was senior Indigo Loving. Loving was also fourth in memorized duo with fellow senior Max Winski. Winski went on to win dramatic interpretation, while the senior team of George Tracy and Nathan Mullin ranked first in original performance and third in memorized duo.

Finally, winning programmed oral interpretation was sophomore Dylan Leavitt. Leavitt also won the next-in round of humorous interpretation finishing seventh overall. Senior Jenna Aguilar and junior Kaitlyn Papka also won their next-in final and finished seventh overall in prose reading and programmed oral interpretation respectively. Aguilar also advanced to the finals in informative speaking and finished fourth.

The team had several other finalists. Sophomore Miranda Miller was second in dramatic interpretation and senior Owen Cowsert was third in broadcasting. Also finishing third was junior Mattea Sklut in impromptu. The team had two poetry finalists, sophomores Heidi Boltze and Chloee Ross, who finished fifth and sixth respectively. Other finalists were juniors Anna Sanders who was fourth in original oratory and Mckenna Middendorf who was sixth in prose reading.

Advancing to the next-in final and finishing in the top ten of their events were Anna Sanders and Chloee Ross in prose reading, McKenna Middendorf and Mattea Sklut in broadcasting, the sophomore team of Miranda Miller and Natalie Nunez in memorized duo, and, finally, Heidi Boltze in humorous interpretation and Owen Cowsert in impromptu speaking.

“Despite some key players getting sick and being unable to compete, the team pulled through and still had a strong showing. Even missing a few upperclassmen we were only a few points behind Munster. The team understands that there are areas to improve and are ready to do the work,” said coach Eric Schaefer.

CHS finished in second place with 104 points, Munster won with 119 points. Third place went to Culver Academies with 64 points, fourth to Plymouth with 35 points, and fifth to Concord with 20 points.

Coaches Dakota McCoy, Eric Schaefer and Kathy Hadley got judging help from parents Dannielle Hunt, Melissa Sklut, Dennis Anders, and team alum Matthew Koutsopanagos.


Posted 1/20/2020





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