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Future of CHS debate team on display at Munster tourney

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The high school debate season got underway the past two weekends with two ‘pre-season’ tournaments. On Saturday Oct. 6, a group of eight Chesterton High School Congressional debaters traveled to LaPorte High School for the Fall Practice Congress.

Chesterton’s debaters were separated into two varsity divisions of four a piece.

In the first congressional chamber, Ronnie Kovach (2nd) and Andrea Drygas (4th) both placed. Mikaela Meyers (4th), Matt Eggers (6th), and Kasey O’Keefe (7th) all placed in the second chamber.

On October 13, Chesterton threw its newest group of novices into their first tournament at Munster High School. Chesterton entered contestants in three of the four debate categories; there was no overall team award given for the tournament.

Chesterton had a tremendous showing in Lincoln-Douglas debate, an event that is being headed by returning coach Carol Biel. Jackie Beissel went undefeated and finished in third place, James Rogers came in fourth, and Joe Bernth came in fifth place overall. This month’s Lincoln-Douglas topic focuses on whether accused terrorist suspects should receive due process rights.

In Policy debate, Sana Ahmad and Ayesha Khan came in fifth place while Michael Phillips and Ariana Sone. This year’s policy topic calls for the kids to argue on substantial increases in America’s investment in transportation infrastructure.

Public Forum debate saw a three man team come in fifth place. Eric Richardson, Stelian Benus, and Nate Burris all contributed to the strong finish.

Coach Chris Lowery was pleased with the team’s performances, but not satisfied. “It is exciting any time that we field a full bus with new kids willing to take on the challenges that Speech and Debate naturally provides. For many contestants, this served as validation for the hard work they have put in. For others, this competition was about figuring out which corrections need to be made before the next tournament.”

Chesterton enters the year having won five consecutive state titles in Debate.


Posted 10/16/2012