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CHS speech team wins Valpo tourney

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The Chesterton High School speech team won first place at the final regular season tournament of the year, held at Valparaiso High School.

The tournament offered 14 speech events and one debate event, and CHS took first in eight of the 15 events in which it competed.

The eight tournament champions: Ryan Donovan in big questions debate; Owen Cowsert in broadcasting; Max Winski in dramatic interpretation; the team of Kaitlyn Papka and Lillian Roberts in duo interpretation; Mark Jewison in impromptu speaking;, Jenna Aguilar in informative speaking; Indigo Loving in original oratory; and Bella Auricchio in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.

Donovan closed out the big questions debate final against Chesterton's Sam Burris, who came in second in a two-to-one judges’ decision.

In broadcasting, CHS took the top four spots in the final round. Behind Cowsert were Emily Krygoske in second, Jenna Aguilar in third, and Sara Vasquez in fourth.

Max Winski was accompanied by teammate George Tracy in the final round of dramatic interpretation, in which Tracy took fourth place overall.

CHS also closed out the top three places in duo interpretation, with Roberts and Papka followed by Loving and Winski in second, and Miranda Miller and Natalie Nu–ez in third.

The final round of humorous interpretation had two Chesterton finalists: Nathan Mullin, who placed second, and Heidi Boltze, who placed fourth.

In the write-as-you-speak event of impromptu, Jewison was joined by teammates Auricchio and Mattea Sklut in the final round. Auricchio finished in third and Mattea in fourth.

The two Chesterton finalists in international extemporaneous speaking were Hamza Sahli and Madi Simms, who placed fourth and sixth respectively.

Loving was backed by teammates Emily Krygoske and Anna Sanders in original oratory, who closed out the top half of the final by placing second and third respectively. Loving placed first at each Indiana competition he attended this season.

Heidi Boltze represented CHS in the poetry final, where she was the runner-up.

In the final for programmed oral interpretation, Lillian Roberts took fourth and Dylan Leavitt fifth.

McKenna Middendorf was third and Anna Sanders fourth in the final round of prose reading.

Finally, the top three spots in U.S. extemporaneous speaking went to Chesterton. Auricchio was followed by Nick Hanson in second and Mattea Sklut in third.

Valparaiso offered team trophies to the schools which scored the greatest number of sweepstakes points, which are earned by competitors breaking to, and ranking in, finals. Going into finals, Chesterton was tied with Munster, 48 to 48, but broke the tie and won the tournament based on which school had the greater number of individual champions.

“If this is any indication of this team’s strength in a head to head matchup against schools like Munster,” Coach Jacob Lukach said, “then our chances at next weekend’s state qualifying tournament are looking good. The team is hungry for post season.”

CHS has been selected to host the state qualifying tournament--known as “sectionals”--next Saturday.


Posted 2/28/2020








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