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Speech team wins five events at Plymouth

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The CHS Speech Team split its squad this past weekend, with one group competing at the William Young Memorial Speech Invitational at Plymouth High School and a smaller group traveling to the Lawrence North Invitational. The Plymouth tournament included 23 schools and more than 500 entries, while the Lawrence North tournament was attended by 26 schools and nearly 400 entries. The Lawrence North group placed fifth as a team; the Plymouth group was unable to compete as a team, because they were short the required number of judges.

The Plymouth group did win five individual events with seniors Adam Potrzebowski and Tyler Fabbri leading the way with two championships each. Potrzebowski won international extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking, and Fabbri won both original oratory and domestic extemporaneous speaking. Junior Dakota McCoy was the tournament champion in broadcasting and the runner-up in impromptu.

The team continued to do well in public address events. Seniors Luke Morgan and Megan Adamczewski placed second and third behind Fabbri in domestic extemporaneous, and senior Syed Shah placed fifth in international extemporaneous. Shah also placed third in impromptu and Adamczewski finished in seventh.

In broadcasting McCoy was followed by junior Kevin Miloshoff in third and sophomore Mike Leoppold in fifth, and in oratory Fabbri was followed by teammates Hayley Miller (12) and Robert Conrick who were sixth and eighth, respectively. Conrick also placed seventh in original performance, behind Luke Morgan who placed second.

Senior Matt Keeley placed seventh in poetry and eighth in memorized duo, along with his partner junior Leah Dujmovich. Junior Kara Fasone placed sixth in humor.

Munster won the tournament with 118 points, Warren Central was second with 39, and Culver Academies was third with 28 points. CHS finished with 101 points but was not eligible for a team award because of its shortage of judges.

Coach Bob Kelly was joined by assistants Kayla Fleming and Halle Orgel and former students Leslie Chamberlain and Alec Donelson. Parents Chris Keeley and Donna Dujmovich also helped with judging.

Senior Warren Fasone led the team at Lawrence North with a second place in discussion, and sophomore Max Carstens placed in two events with a fourth place finish in broadcasting and a third place in memorized duo with partner Nicole Novak (10).

Also placing third was junior Rana Torabi in declamation. She was followed by teammate Jennifer Kattalia (9) who finished seventh. In scripted duo sophomores Randi Hickman and Drew Hogan placed fourth, and the team of Tori Schroeder (10) and Katie Murfitt (10) finished in tenth. Hogan also placed sixth in original performance.

Coach Doug Pishkur was joined by former students Jack Deuberry, Matt McClain, and Kirsten Babcock. Parent Beth Ingram also helped with judging.

“We had a number of people do well this weekend, but we have to be more consistent in all events if we want to be competitive in state competition in March,” said coach Bob Kelly.

Posted 2/17/2010




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