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
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
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
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