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Speech team splits for two tourneys, wins one and places 5th at second

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The Chesterton High School speech team competed in two different tournaments this past weekend. Most of the team attended the Concord “Steve Kirkpatrick Memorial” tournament in Elkhart, while a small group went to PNW’s Communication & Creative Arts Speech Tournament at Purdue Northwest. CHS won the Concord tournament and came in fifth at PNW.

The Concord tournament hosted 24 schools and more than 300 entries. In a strong performance CHS finished with eight tournament champions and five runners-up.

Tournament champions included the duo team of seniors Karly Carden and Izzy Portugal. Portugal also earned second in humorous interpretation, and Carden placed fourth in prose interpretation.

Winning prose was freshman Alan Stirling who, along with his partner freshman Anna Leady, also placed third in duo. Sophomore Chloe Thomas also placed in prose, taking third place.

For her second consecutive tournament senior Noelle Friel was the tournament champion in original oratory; she was followed in second by teammate, senior Natalie Beglin. Beglin also finished second in POI followed by Friel in third.

The tournament champion in POI (programmed oral interpretation) was senior Angel Smith. Smith was also the tournament champion in original performance, along with her partner (and brother), sophomore Allen Smith. Allen placed third in humor as well.

Freshman Max Winski was also a tournament champion, taking first in broadcasting. In addition, Winski finished sixth in drama.

Dramatic interpretation was won by junior Emily Coleman, who also placed third in poetry. Poetry was won by senior James Van Drie, who also placed fifth in drama. Junior Logan Summers finished in fourth in drama. Logan and his partner, junior Josh Hogan, were second in duo interpretation.

In informative speaking junior Bryn Jackson took second place followed by teammate, Natalia Wadowski. Wadowski and Jackson also placed fourth in duo interpretation.

Finally, junior Amber Johnson made finals in two events, placing fourth in both humor and broadcasting.

“These kids are working hard. Many of them spent hours coming in over the winter break to re-cut, re-write, or just polish their material, and it is really paying off,” said Coach Eric Schaefer.

CHS won handily with 158 points, followed by Bishop Dwenger in second with 61. Third place went to Dekalb with 40 points followed by Ft. Wayne Northrop in fourth and Ft. Wayne Carroll in fifth.

Joining coaches Schaefer, Becky Uehling and Kayla Fleming were parents and former students who helped with judging. Parents included Diane Zielinski, Jim Vincent, and Melissa Coleman. Former students Sam Lee and Danny Vincent judged as well.

At the first ever Purdue Northwest Communication & Creative Arts tournament, CHS sent small team of five entries. The tournament was attended by six schools, and CHS managed a fifth place finish, with only five entries.

Taking top honors in original performance was the team of seniors Megan Bernth and Keerat Basra. Bernth also placed in humorous interpretation, taking fifth place.

Freshman Steven Skelton placed in original performance, taking seventh place, and was fourth in dramatic interpretation. Joining him in drama finals was sophomore Cassandra Wuerthele, placing fifth.

English teacher Kirsten Reed took the team and was assisted as a judge by former student Berkli Thompson.

Fishers High School dominated the tournament and took first place, followed by Knox Community Schools in second. Munster finished third, Bishop Noll was fourth and CHS was fifth.


Posted 1/17/2017




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