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Speech team 2nd at sectional here

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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.

Eight schools 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.

Broadcasting was 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.

Chesterton closed 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.

In impromptu 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 judging.

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.



Posted 2/27/2019




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