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Four CHS speakers advance at national tournament

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Chesterton High School speakers competed for the Indianapolis Diocese at the Grand Catholic National Tournament in Chicago over the weekend. The tournament attracted teams from all over the country, including far off Alaska.

Chesterton qualified two of its entries for the elimination portion of the tournament. In Policy Debate, senior Zach Bogich and junior Alex Genetski advanced through a field of 110 competitors and finished as Octafinalists, meaning top 16 in the nation. Bogich and Genetski defeated the third seed in the Double Octafinal round by a 2-1 judges decision. This year’s resolution is about increasing economic engagement with Mexico, Cuba, or Venezuela. Chesterton won by advocating a shared financial agreement between the United States and Mexico in order to build desalination plants to deal with climate induced water shortages. Chesterton was defeated in the next round by the eventual tournament runners-up.

Chesterton also advanced in the Speech category of Duo Interpretation. Seniors Jami Ritchea and Justyn Lantz qualified for the Octafinal round, meaning top 48 in the nation. The event category started with 236 entries. Ritchea and Lantz perform a 10 minute portion of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.

The tournament was a success overall, according to Coach Chris Lowery. “A lot of our entries were near-misses for the elimination rounds. A ballot/decision here or there would have made the difference for a number of our students. This weekend served as a positive sign heading into our last tournament this summer in Kansas City,” he said.

Also competing for the team were Tim Vincent and Joel Peterson (Policy Debate), Matt Eggers and Salman Lakhani (Public Forum Debate), Savannah Tipton and Jessica Ratel-Khan (Public Forum Debate), Abby Burke (Lincoln-Douglas Debate), Mikaela Meyer (Original Oratory), Layla Mooradian (Original Oratory), Natalie Beglin (Declamation), and Andrew Caratini (Extemp).


Posted 5/27/2014