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.
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).