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
In novice poetry,
freshman Sanjana Raj finished in second, followed by freshman Ryan Schyler
Chesterton were the teams of Valparaiso in second place, Bishop Noll in
third, Ben Davis in fourth, and Angola in fifth.
coaches Schaefer and Kayla Fleming were Barabara Black, Kristin Pruitt and