The debate team
only had one competition over the holiday break, a small invitational on the
campus of Indiana University Northwest, sponsored by Dr. Bonita Neff. Only
five schools (CHS, Munster, West Lafayette, Hammond, and Ben Davis)
competed, but those five schools have combined to win the past 25 State
Championships in Indiana debate.
event champion came in the form of senior Paul Petro in Congressional
Debate. After being seen by eight judges over the course of debating four
pieces of legislation, Petro accumulated a low score of 12, distancing
himself from Jackie Webber, who took second place and finished with a score
Raj was named the outstanding presiding officer for the tournament. Next
week, the Congressional debate team faces their national qualifying district
tournament at Concord High School.
Hannah Geiss, a
senior, led the way for Chesterton in Lincoln-Douglas debate. She took
second place to Jongjin Park of West Lafayette. Her teammate and fellow
class of 2018 member Sam Winski came in fourth, and junior Elli Didonna was
sixth. This event saw their state tournament topic for the first time;
discussing whether the justice system ought to eliminate plea bargaining.
topics, was the event of Public Forum. For the rest of the season this event
will be focused on whether Spain ought to grant Catalonia its independence.
Sophomores Zachary Mullins and Emily Krygoske came in second place to the
Munster team of Shyres Iyer and Connor Meyer. Seniors Ryan Day and Connor
Wantuch placed third, while juniors Branden Wong and Azeez Lakhani were
Senior Matt Jewison
and his sophomore partner Ben Hoham went undefeated in policy debate, but
finished in second place to West Lafayette’s Bowen Jing and Rena Liu on a
tie breaker over their judge awarded ‘speaker points.’ Freshman Ryan Donovan
and Ethan Dibble came in fifth place with a 3-1 record and sophomores
Madison Simms and Sofia Winski came in seventh.