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Speech and Debate kicks off the season at fall Congress

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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 awards.

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.

Two experienced 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 prostitution.

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.


Posted 9/30/2019




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