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Photo: Liz Fox is national champ in Original Oratory

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Liz Fox is National Champion: Liz Fox and her coach Bob Kelly spent the entire school year fine tuning an original oration that spoke of society’s tendency to counterfeit appearance and emotions. (Photo provided)


Liz Fox, Chesterton High School 2004 graduate, won the national champion title in Original Oratory Friday at the National Forensic League Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Fifty states and 15 countries were represented at the NFL Tournament. Over 700 schools and 2,800 students competed.

In Original Oratory there were close to 200 students who began competition on Monday morning. The thirteenth round was the final round with only six students remaining.

The final round took place in the Mormon Church’s Latter Day Saints Tabernacle in Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

This magnificent backdrop is where the world famous Tabernacle Choir sings weekly.

Said Fox: “This has not really hit me yet. Mr. Kelly and I began working on this oratory last summer and we have agonized through countless revisions. This is an incredible finish to my speech career.”

Fox made it to semifinals at both last year’s and this year’s Catholic Nationals Tournament. She has been ranked in the top ten nationally all year.

The entire national CHS speech and debate team went out to dinner Friday evening and celebrated a great week of competition and Fox’s victory. The team flew home late Saturday evening and will next meet Tuesday evening at Sand Creek as the guests of the Duneland School Corporation and Michael Harris.


Posted 6/21/2004