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.
tournament hosted 24 schools and more than 300 entries. In a strong
performance CHS finished with eight tournament champions and five
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
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.
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.
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.
speaking junior Bryn Jackson took second place followed by teammate, Natalia
Wadowski. Wadowski and Jackson also placed fourth in duo interpretation.
Amber Johnson made finals in two events, placing fourth in both humor and
“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.
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.
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.
Kirsten Reed took the team and was assisted as a judge by former student
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