The Chesterton High
School Speech team spent the last two weekends in fierce postseason
competition. “The final three weekends are by far the most important and
difficult competitions of the year, especially since the CHS speakers and
intense rival Munster were neck and neck this season. This past weekend the
team intended on competing at the annual state tournament, but the
tournament was canceled for health concerns.” said Program Director Chris
Lowery. “We are hopeful that the national tournament in June will be held
according to schedule.”
The team ended its
season with a second place win at sectionals and a first place win at the
national-qualifying district tournament. They are the first team to win four
legs of the district trophy by winning it five times.
The race for
postseason started on February 29, with the tightly contested Section 1
IHSFA Sectional Tournament. CHS placed second in the overall team
sweepstakes points. Munster won with 204 points, followed by Chesterton with
201 points. Crown Point was third, followed by Bishop Noll in fourth and
Valparaiso and LaPorte tying for fifth.
competed in the tournament with the top six contestants in each of the
fourteen events advancing to the state tournament in Indianapolis.
Chesterton had nine tournament champions and advanced 35 of its 40 entries
to the state finals.
Seniors led the way
for CHS with five of the nine championships. Anekah Fish was the top point
earner, winning both informative speaking and dramatic interpretation.
Indigo Loving won original oratory, Bella Auricchio took top honors in
United States extemporaneous speaking, and the original performance team of
Nathan Mullin and George Tracy came in on top. Auricchio also placed third
in impromptu. Mullin was second in humor, and Tracy was fourth in drama.
Junior Lily Roberts
was the tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, and fellow
junior Mattea Sklut took first place in broadcasting. Sophomore champions
include Miranda Miller and Mark Jewison winning prose reading and impromptu
respectively. Jewison was also fourth in the United States extemporaneous
Chesterton had a
number of other competitors finish in the top three. Emily Krygoske took
second place in broadcasting, and Jenna Aguilar was runner up in informative
speaking. Elia Livovich, Madi Simms, Nicholas Hason, and Owen Cowsert all
advanced to state by finishing third in discussion, international
extemporaneous speaking, United States extemporaneous speaking, and
broadcasting, respectively. Also advancing to state was Aguilar, placing
fourth in broadcasting, Krygoske was fifth in original oratory, and Simms
was fifth in impromptu. Junior Anna Sanders double qualified for state,
placing third in original oratory and sixth in prose reading.
Two duo teams
advanced to state finals. Juniors Lily Roberts and Kaitlyn Papka placed
fourth and the senior team of Indigo Loving and Max Winski were fifth. Papka
and Winski also advanced to state by placing fifth in their solo events of
programmed oral interpretation and dramatic interpretation respectively.
Also qualifying for the state competition are Sophomores Hamza Sahli and
Dylan Leavitt, placing fourth and sixth in international extemporaneous
speaking and humorous interpretation respectively. In the event of poetry,
sophomore Heidi Boltz finished fourth followed by fellow sophomore Chloee
Ross in fifth.
CHS has two more
state qualifiers in informative speaking with senior Ian Quinn placing
fourth and junior Rebecca Mueller finishing sixth. Mueller was also placed
sixth in original oratory. “We have the most difficult sectional and
district in the state,” said coach Karly Carden. “Munster is a power house,
but so are we! Our team losing by three points at sectionals was perfect
motivation to prepare for the district national qualifying tournament the
following weekend. Team leaders decided to make Munster’s win at sectionals
their last of postseason.”
proved true last when the Chesterton High School Speech team competed at the
Northwest Indiana District Tournament. Competition consisted of two
preliminary rounds, with the top six performers advancing to the final
round. Scores accumulated all day and only the top two competitors in each
of the eight events qualified for nationals. CHS took a hard-earned eleven
out of sixteen available slots for The National Speech and Debate
Tournament, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 14 to 19.
interpretation, three Chesterton students advanced to the final round, with
qualifiers Anekah Fish and Max Winski closing out the champion and runner-up
spots, and fellow senior George Tracy placing fifth. Tracy was also fifth in
duo interpretation with partner Nathan Mullin while Winski and partner
Indigo Loving were third. The sophomore duo of Miranda Miller and Natalie
Nunez also made finals and placed sixth overall. Chesterton did not qualify
any duos, but both Loving and Mullin would be named district champions and
qualify in their individual events of original oratory and humorous
interpretation. Junior Anna Sanders qualified as the runner up in oratory.
Sophomore Dylan Leavitt placed fourth in humorous interpretation but still
qualified for nationals due to the fact that students who double qualify are
only allowed one event at nationals. When a student from Munster qualified
in two events and chose the other over humor, it opened a slot for Leavitt
to qualify, despite his fourth place finish. Qualifiers in United States
extemporaneous speaking were Nick Hanson and Mattea Sklut, winning first and
second, respectively. They were joined by teammate Bella Auricchio in the
final round. The title of district champ in program of oral interpretation
went to CHS junior and national qualifier Lily Roberts.
“The CHS coaching
staff would like to thank all the former students, parents, and friends of
the program who helped with judging the past two weekends. This activity
would not be possible without the support of our community,” said coach
Kathy Hadley. “The recent cancellations are a certain change in plans, but
our community and its students are resilient.”