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CHS students finish high at IUN debate invitational

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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.

Chesterton’s lone 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 of 17.

Freshman Sanjana 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.

Also switching 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 seventh.

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.



Posted 1/8/2018




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