The Chesterton High
School speech team had an excellent showing during their second split
weekend of competition. A select group of seven competitors traveled to Des
Moines, Iowa, for the highly competitive Dowling Catholic High School
Paradigm Invitational, where they competed against teams from Iowa,
Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Stirling was declared Program of Oral Interpretation Champion and took 4th
place in Dramatic Interpretation. Because of his performances, he is fully
qualified to compete in both events this spring at the prestigious
Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky. He also earned his first
bid towards qualifying for the National Individual Events Tournament of
Champions in Omaha.
Roberts took 3rd place in Oral Interpretation of Poetry and is also fully
qualified to compete in her event at University of Kentucky. Junior Anekah
Fish also claimed 4th place in Oral Interpretation of Prose. Teammates who
qualified to semifinals included the following: junior Anna Leady in
Original Oratory, sophomore Rebecca Mueller in Original Oratory, and junior
Max Winski in Humorous Interpretation.
On the home front,
the majority of the team competed at the John Oliver Invitational at
Plymouth High School. Because of their hard work, the team took 7th place
overall. The varsity team had the following accolades with freshman Nathan
Mullin and junior George Tracy as the Original Performance champions, junior
Owen Cowsert with 3rd place Broadcasting, junior Jenna Aguilar with 6th
place Broadcasting, and Allison Soblotne with 3rd place in Informative
Speaking Honors Finals.
The novice team had
a very impressive showing with many members earning places in finals. The
following students were named champions in their events: freshman Celia
Faroh in Informative Speaking, freshman Dylan Leavitt in Poetry Reading,
freshman Heidi Boltze in Humorous Interpretation, and sophomore Logan Riley
in Dramatic Interpretation.
Other finalists on
the novice team included sophomore Mattea Sklut with 4th place in
Broadcasting, freshman Celia Faroh with 6th place Prose Reading, and
freshman Connor Potesta with 6th place Broadcasting.
Next week, the team
competes in their final tournament for the semester at LaPorte High School.
Everyone will enjoy a restful winter break before a highly competitive
second half of the season next semester.