In a tightly
contested sectional tournament, the CHS speech team came in second at the
Section 1 IHSFA sectional tournament held at Chesterton High School. Once
again, perennial rival Munster edged the team out in the end. Munster won
with 197 points, followed by Chesterton with 183 points. Valparaiso was
third, followed by Knox in fourth and Bishop Noll in fifth.
competed in the tournament with the top six scorers in each of the fourteen
events advancing to the state tournament in Indianapolis. Chesterton had six
tournament champions and advanced 34 of its 40 entries to the state finals.
Juniors led the way
for CHS with five of the six championships. Owen Cowsert won broadcasting,
Madi Simms won discussion, and Alan Stirling took top honors in POI
(programmed oral interpretation).
Indigo Loving was
Chesterton’s only double tournament champion winning both humor as well as
memorized duo with partner Max Winski. Stirling was second in drama, and
Winski was sixth in original performance. Freshman Dylan Leavitt was also a
tournament champion in poetry.
Two other CHS
speakers in poetry advanced to the state finals. Junior Nidhee Patel placed
third, followed by junior Sadie Kidd in fourth. Kidd also advanced in POI
with a fourth place finish.
the only event in which the team advanced four speakers to the state finals.
Following Cowsert and placing third was sophomore Mattea Sklut, in fourth
was junior Jenna Aguilar, and in fifth was senior Emily Krygoske.
out the humor final with the top three finishers. Following Loving and
placing second was fellow junior Nathan Mullin, followed by freshman Heidi
Boltze in third. Boltze also placed fourth in memorized duo with partner
Jenna Aguilar. Mullin double qualified for state by also finishing second in
original performance with partner and fellow junior George Tracy.
CHS advanced three
to the state finals in original oratory. Sophomore Rebecca Mueller led the
way with a fourth place finish, followed by sophomore Anna Sanders in fifth
and junior Gavin Bonner in sixth. Mueller also placed sixth in prose behind
fellow teammate, junior Anekah Fish, who was fourth. Fish also double
qualified for state by placing second in informative.
speaking Krygoske placed fourth and junior Nick Hanson was sixth. Hanson
also qualified in U.S extemporaneous speaking, placing fifth behind
sophomore Bella Auricchio in third. In international extemporaneous speaking
Ben Hoham finished fifth followed by senior Elli Didonna, who placed sixth.
The final three
speakers to advance to the state finals were Lily Roberts, placing third in
POI and fifth in drama; sophomore Kaitlyn Papka, sixth in informative; and
Elia Livovich, fourth in discussion.
“Section one is
always the most difficult sectional in the state, and despite this being a
rebuilding year, our team is neck and neck with Munster. The coaches are so
proud of our team this year for exceeding expectations. We know that in two
weeks they will be ready for state”, said head coach Eric Schaefer.
The CHS coaching
staff was joined by a host of former students and parents who helped with
The team will now
prepare for the national qualifying tournament, which will be held in
Plymouth, Indiana, on March 2, and the state tournament on March 9.