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
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.
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.