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