The Indiana speech
and debate season is officially underway and Chesterton High School took a
group of twelve students to the Northwest Indiana fall congress event hosted
by Valparaiso High School. The kickoff event serves to ease the competitors
into the season and select the topics to be debated at the district national
qualifying tournament in December.
The tournament was
divided into novice (first year) and varsity chambers. From there students
were split into two different chambers. Because there wasnít a final round,
competitors in each chamber never faced each other and were given separate
Trina Gonzalez won
her house in the novice competition. The combined ranks of the six judges
that she saw were 17 and her nearest competitor scored a 19. Also, in that
chamber Jackson Jessen finished in fourth place. In the other novice
chamber, Grant Flesher came in fourth and Lola Gray placed eighth.
senior members of the team, Anekah Fish and Emily Krygoske, volunteered to
serve as presiding officers for the novice competition and were awarded
gavels for their work.
In the first
varsity chamber, Mark Jewison was runner-up for the tournament behind a
student from Munster and was closely followed by Chestertonís Finn Babjak in
third. In the other chamber, Sidney Pittmanís speeches were enough to secure
her fifth place and Peyton Day came in eighth overall.
Chesterton was very
successful in getting its legislation adopted by the committees. Three of
the five pieces of legislation that Chesterton submitted for debate were
adopted, including legislation about the sovereignty of Hong Kong, funding
restoration for the Brazilian rain forest, and the legalization of
Also competing for
the first time ever in Congressional debate were Miranda Miller, Keith Erney,
and Morgan Glossinger.
Next Saturday sees
the entire team in action, first with the novice debate tournament at
Munster, and then Speech and Debateís production of the community event
known as the CHS variety show beginning at 7 p.m., October 5.