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CHS speech team wins eight of 14 events at Crown Point tourney

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The Chesterton Speech Team crossed counties to compete at Crown Point’s first official speech tournament last weekend, bringing more than sixty entries and earning first place.

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 fifth.

In the event of informative speaking, Jenna Aguilar came in second, Rebecca Mueller was third, Ian Quinn was fifth, and Allison Soblotne was sixth.

Student finalists 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.

Both of 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 sixth.

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.

 

Posted 2/13/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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