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CHS Speech team wins eight events at Valparaiso tourney

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The Chesterton High School speech team traveled down the road to Valparaiso for last weekend’s speech tournament, earning first place in eight of the fourteen events offered. Schools competing included Bishop Noll, Culver Academies, Munster, Crown Point, and Valparaiso, the hosting school.

In the event of broadcasting, Owen Cowsert and Mattea Sklut both walked away as champions, due to a completely unbreakable tie. George Tracy followed the pair in third place, with Allison Soblotne in seventh and Paul Kennedy in eighth. This was Cowsert’s second weekend in a row as tournament champion.

In dramatic interpretation, Miranda Miller was the varsity champion and Leah Dorsey, competing in the first tournament of her speech career, was the novice champion. Miller had a strong day of competition in duo interpretation as well, where she and her partner, Natalie Nu–ez, earned second.

The champions in duo interpretation were Kaitlyn Papka and Lily Roberts, who also competed in the individual event of programmed oral interpration. With a second first place victory in a day, Roberts was the tournament champion and Papka was the third place winner. Teammate Dylan Leavitt split the pair, coming in second place.

The event of humorous interpretation saw Heidi Boltze walk away with her second first place victory in a row. She was followed closely by Nathan Mullin in second and Mattea Sklut in fourth. In the novice division of the same event, Hannah Anders took third place.

As if one unbreakable tie were not enough, the event of informative speaking also had two champions. Jenna Aguilar, who won first place the previous weekend, tied with Rebecca Mueller for top honors in this event. Allison Soblotne joined her teammates on stage with a second place title. Mueller, a junior, was also the champion in the event of original oratory, where teammate Anna Sanders backed her up with a second place win. Aguilar also competed in prose reading, where she won fourth, followed by Courtney Papka in fifth.

The final event won by Chesterton was original performance, where the duo of George Tracy and Nathan Mullin fought their way into first place with material they wrote themselves. Placing in the novice division of this event were Christopher Israelite in second, Trace Zurek in third, and Lindsay Price in fourth.

Other placings by teammates included Natalie Nu–ez and Kaitlyn Nekola, who individually won third place in the varsity and novice divisions of poetry reading, respectively. Sara Vasquez, the team’s lone entry in the event of discussion, came home with seventh place.

“Taking first place in so many events is an accomplishment these students should be proud of,” said head coach, Eric Schaefer. “We can’t wait to see where they go from here.”

The team travels to Hammond this weekend to compete at Bishop Noll’s annual tournament.



Posted 11/14/2019





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