The Chesterton High
School Speech Team had an excellent showing in its last split weekend of the
season. A select group traveled to suburban Minneapolis to compete in the
prestigious Minneapple Speech Tournament at Apple Valley High School.
Featuring national-circuit teams from six different states, the Minneapple
Speech Tournament was a competitive challenge with over 1,200 competitors
Juniors Max Winski
and Indy Loving took 6th place overall in Duo Interpretation and became
eligible for the Speech National Tournament of Champions in April at the
University of Kentucky. Winski was also declared Runner-Up in Creative
Expression, and Loving advanced to semifinals in Humorous Interpretation.
happened this weekend, both locally and on the national circuit,” said Coach
Kathy Hadley, "and we are hoping to ride that momentum all the way to post
competition, Chesterton was the champion team in the Bishop Noll Speech
Tournament. Juniors Owen Cowsert and Jenna Aguilar and sophomore Mattea
Sklut respectively closed out Champion, Runner-Up, and 3rd place in Radio
Broadcasting, with freshman Connor Potesta also taking 5th place in the
event. Aguilar also was Runner-Up in Duo Interpretation with freshman
partner Heidi Boltze, while freshmen Dylan Leavitt and Natalie Nunez took
3rd place in the same event. Boltze also was Runner-Up in Humorous
Interpretation while senior teammate Gabi Castro took 4th place in the same
event. Castro also was 3rd in Original Performance.
Junior Madi Simms
was the Champion in Discussion, while junior Ben Hoham tied as International
Extemporaneous Speaking Champion with Bishop Noll.
dominated many of the top slots in Dramatic Interpretation with freshman
Miranda Miller as Runner-Up, sophomore Logan Riley in 3rd place, senior Matt
Koutsopanagos in 4th place, and junior Rosie Portelli in 5th. Dylan Leavitt
was Runner-Up in Poetry Reading, while Riley placed 3rd. Junior Gavin Bonner
was declared 3rd place in Impromptu Speaking, and Informative Speaking had
sophomore Allison Soblotne in 3rd place, sophomore Kaitlyn Papka in 4th
place, and freshman Connor Potesta in 6th. Papka also took 3rd place in
Prose Reading, while Soblotne and Portelli tied for 4th place in the event.
Nick Hanson took 3rd place in United States Extemporaneous Speaking while
senior Elli Didonna took 4th place, and Mattea Sklut took 5th place.
The team will have
a final tournament next week at Valparaiso High School before preparing for
the home court advantage at the Indiana High School Forensic Association (IHSFA)
Sectionals, at Chesterton. Sectional finalists will have the chance to
compete at the IHSFA State Tournament in March.