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Speech team opens season with a win at Munster

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The CHS Speech team opened its 2017-2018 season with a win at the Munster Speech Invitational. Nine schools with more than 200 entries competed in the novice/varsity tournament, and CHS came away with a novice champion and a varsity champion.

“The team is defending its 2017 state championship and this is a good start. Munster did not compete for a team award as the host school and would have won with the numbers they had competing, but we were impressed with how well we did with a relatively small entry,” said Coach Eric Schaefer.

The varsity squad was led by sophomores Anna Leady, Max Winski, and A.J. Stirling. Leady was the tournament champion in original oratory and Stirling placed second in dramatic interpretation and fourth in programmed oral interpretation. Winski placed second in broadcasting and third in humorous interpretation.

Others placing in the varsity division included senior Katelyn Balikir, third in impromptu; sophomore Anekah Fish, fourth in discussion; sophomore Indy Loving, fourth in humor, and sophomore Steve Skelton, fourth in original performance.

In the novice division sophomore Tiffany Thomas led the way, winning in original performance. Freshman Rebecca Mueller took second place in informative speaking, and fellow freshmen Abby Wilcox and Anna Sanders were sixth and seventh, respectively, in original oratory.

In novice drama freshman Lily Roberts placed fourth and junior Matt Koutspogangos finished in eighth place. Sophomore Gavin Bonner finished in fifth place in discussion.

In novice poetry, freshman Sanjana Raj finished in second, followed by freshman Ryan Schyler in third.

Following Chesterton were the teams of Valparaiso in second place, Bishop Noll in third, Ben Davis in fourth, and Angola in fifth.

Judges joining coaches Schaefer and Kayla Fleming were Barabara Black, Kristin Pruitt and Claire Mueller.



Posted 11/9/2017




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