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CHS takes third at Culver Academies Speech Invite

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The Chesterton High School Speech team finished in third place at the Culver Academies Speech Invitational this past weekend. Nine schools with nearly 200 entries competed in the combined novice/varsity tournament. CHS had six tournament champions. Despite having an entry half the size of the top two schools, the team’s performance was commendable.

Leading the varsity division for the second consecutive week were sophomores Anna Leady and AJ Stirling. Stirling was the tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and finished fourth in dramatic interpretation. Leady, for the second time this year, won original oratory. She also placed right behind Stirling in drama in fifth place.

Sophomore Max Winski also placed in two events, with a fourth place finish in broadcasting and a fifth in humorous interpretation. Fellow sophomore Indigo Loving also placed in two events with a sixth in humor and a seventh in memorized duo, with his partner sophomore Anekah Fish.

Others placing in the varsity division included seniors Paige Donovan and Leaha Estes, seventh and eighth, respectively, in dramatic interpretation. In addition, sophomore Steve Skelton was third in original performance.

The novices had a good day as well with four tournament champions. In original oratory freshman Anna Sanders was the tournament champ and in informative speaking freshman Rebecca Mueller took top honors. Freshman Mei Pantuso won programmed oral interpretation and freshman Lily Roberts won dramatic interpretation.

Freshman Abby Wilcox finished right behind Sanders in oratory with a second place finish, and sophomore Janet (Rosie) Portelli placed third in prose. Freshman Sanjana Raj had another strong showing in poetry, placing third, and freshman Paul Kennedy finished third in discussion.

”We were pleased with the fact that all of our 19 entries placed and we finished as strongly as we did. The novices really performed well today with four tournament champions,” said Coach Becky Uehling.

Chesterton placed third behind first place Culver Academies and second place Plymouth High School. Bethany Christian finished in fourth place followed by Oak Hill in fifth.

Coach Uehling was joined by judges Claire Mueller, Diane Zielinski, Jim Vincent, and Michael Fish.


Posted 11/13/2017






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