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CHS speech team wins six events at 13-team Plymouth tourney

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The Chesterton High School speech team competed at the “Snowmageddon/Blizzard Fest” at Plymouth High School last Saturday. No team awards were presented at the all varsity tournament, but CHS won six of the fourteen events offered. Thirteen schools with more than 200 entries participated in four straight rounds of competition.

The team was led by senior Noelle Friel who was the tournament champ in two events. Friel won both original oratory and programmed oral interpretation (POI). Friel has won oratory in all three of the tournaments the team has attended in 2017.

The team dominated humorous interpretation once again, taking four of the top six spots. Leading the way was senior Izzy Portugal, taking top honors. She was followed in second by senior Megan Bernth, in fourth by sophomore Allen Smith, and in sixth place by junior Amber Johnson. Smith and his sister, senior Angel Smith placed fifth in original performance, and Johnson was 12th in broadcasting.

Bernth and her partner, senior Keerat Basra, were the tournament champs in original performance. This is their third tournament championship for 2017 as well. Basra also took fourth in prose reading. Sophomore Anjali Dzarski placed sixth in original performance and was 11th in impromptu speaking.

Angel Smith was also the tournament champion in poetry and she was followed by teammates James Van Drie (12) in sixth and Riley Syren (12) in 12th. Van Drie placed third in dramatic interpretation as well. He was followed by junior Logan Summers in fourth, junior Cassandra Wuerthele in tenth and freshman Max Winski in 11th. Winski also placed fourth in broadcasting.

Junior Connor Wantuch was the tournament champion in international extemporaneous speaking, and he finished tenth in impromptu. In other events sophomore Skylar Noschese was fifth in prose, followed by freshman Alan Stirling in 12th. In addition, sophomore Evan Ekblaw was eighth in original oratory, and senior Bailey Valtierra was 12th in POI.

“We really had some outstanding performances today, and the kids are really working well as a team. Our seniors are really taking charge,” said Coach Becky Uehling.

Coach Uehling was joined by fellow coaches Eric Schaefer, Kayla Fleming and Bob Kelly. In addition, parents Melissa Valtierra and Dipika Gupta helped with judging.

 

Posted 1/24/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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