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Jamie Ritchea National Runnerup in Speech and Debate Storytelling

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The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate team completed a week long competition at the Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament held in Overland Park, Kansas. The highlight was provided by Senior Jamie Ritchea who finished 2nd in the Storytelling event. Students perform by ‘telling’ a story, rather than performing it. The category this year was Thriller/Mystery and Ritchea performed ‘The Dollhouse,’ a story about a small child who ‘collects’ and shrinks individuals to keep in her dollhouse.

Nearly 200 students from across the nation competed in Storytelling. Last year’s national champion in Storytelling, hailing from Minnesota, managed to successfully defend his title, performing an Alfred Hitchcock short story.

“We are extremely proud of Jamie,” said Director of Forensics Chris Lowery. “Some states such as Minnesota compete all year long in this event, whereas it is only a secondary event for students from Indiana. Jamie’s hard work and talent really shows when she can pick up a story, spend a few weeks on it and perform better than kids who have had it all year.” This is the highest finish Chesterton has ever had in the event of Storytelling. Ritchea is coached by Eric Shaefer and Jessica Cleary.

In the main event competition, only Tim Vincent and Joel Peterson were able to qualify for the elimination portion of the tournament. Vincent and Peterson compete in Policy debate, the oldest of the Speech and Debate events.

“It is also one of the most difficult events for Chesterton, as the ‘style’ of the event is dramatically different at the national level,” according to Lowery. The truth of that statement comes in the fact that this was only the third team in the last fifteen years to have made the break in Policy debate. “To have accomplished such a difficult task as sophomores really bodes well for not only the debaters involved, but the entire program” said Lowery.

Notable results in Supplemental/Consolation events, which are typically single elimination events: Extemporaneous Debate - Andrea Drygas (round 6) and Abby Burke (round 5), Storytelling Š Justyn Lantz (round 3) and Carley Lowe (round 2), Prose Š Mikaela Meyer (round 3).

Also attending the trip, which requires a qualification process were students Don Reinert (Congressional debate), Eric Zhong (Lincoln-Douglas debate), Salman Lakhani and Matt Eggers (Public Forum debate), Shawn Adams and Victoria Hooten (Duo Interpretation), Liz Green (Humor), Galen Wong (Original Oratory), Andrew Caratini and Nate Burris (Extemporaneous Speaking).


Posted 6/23/2014




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