Speech Team crossed counties to compete at Crown Point’s first official
speech tournament last weekend, bringing more than sixty entries and earning
The team was led by
champions in eight of the fourteen events offered. Tournament champions
included Owen Cowsert in broadcasting, George Tracy in drama, Bella
Auricchio in both impromptu and US extemporaneous speaking, Anekah Fish in
informative speaking, Hamza Sahli in international extemporaneous speaking,
Heidi Boltze in poetry, and Lily Roberts in prose.
In the event of
broadcasting, Chesterton closed out the final round, taking the top six
spots. Following Owen Cowsert was Emily Krygoske in second, Mattea Sklut in
third, Sara Vasquez in fourth, McKenna Middendorf in fifth, and Gigi Hanner
in sixth. There were two finalists in the event of discussion, Elia Livovich
and Luke Vetroczky, who placed third and sixth, respectively.
Drama was dominated
by the team all day, with Chesterton placing Max Winski, Anekah Fish, and
Miranda Miller in second, third, and fourth, respectively.
In duo, partners
Miranda Miller and Natalie Nu–ez took fifth place. The team’s finalists in
humor were Dylan Leavitt in second, Heidi Boltze in fourth, and Hannah
Anders in sixth.
The top five places
in impromptu speaking were awarded to Chesterton, with Mark Jewison in
second, Mattea Sklut in third, Madi Simms in fourth, and Emma Ekblaw in
In the event of
informative speaking, Jenna Aguilar came in second, Rebecca Mueller was
third, Ian Quinn was fifth, and Allison Soblotne was sixth.
in international extemporaneous speaking were Madi Simms in second, Tim
Wheeler in third, and Peyton Day in fourth.
Four students made
it to final round in original oratory; Anna Sanders in second, Rebecca
Muller in third, Emily Krygoske in fifth, and Gigi Hanner in sixth. In
poetry, Chloee Ross placed fourth and Natalie Nu–ez was sixth.
Chesterton’s entries in programmed oral interpretation were tournament
finalists, with Dylan Leavitt in second and Lily Roberts in third.
In prose, Anna
Sanders placed in third, McKenna Middendorf was fifth, and Sam Evans was
Finally, in United
States extemporaneous speaking, champion, Bella Auricchio, was followed by
Nick Hanson in second and Milena Veltri in fourth.
“It isn’t often
that a school places so many students in a final round,” said program
director, Chris Lowery. “Winning eight of the fourteen events is an
accomplishment this team should be proud of. Decisions for the post season
team are coming soon, and it’s clear that these students have their eyes set
on a chance at making the state team.”
Chesterton won the
tournament sweepstakes with a 14.5 point lead against the runner-up, Munster
High School. Other schools honored with a sweepstakes placing were Penn,
Calumet New Tech, and Bishop Noll.
Next week, the team
competes in the final regular season tournament of the year before three
challenging weeks of post season tournaments.