Chesterton High School's Debate team won its third consecutive State Title
over the weekend at Kokomo High School. Chesterton scored a total of 70
points, defeating runner-up Valparaiso by 19 points.
The team took two of the four individual championships on its way to its
20th overall title. Adam Potrzebowski won Congressional Debate defeating 44
other students. The title in Public Forum Debate was won by Thomas Biel and
Chesterton needed every point that the team could muster as Valparaiso kept
the competition close all the way to the end. Policy Debate saw three of its
four qualifiers break into elimination rounds. Sophomores Victoria Simms and
Kalina Smith went the furthest in the competition advancing to the
quarterfinal round of eight.
Also advancing to Octafinals were the team of Christian Parocco and Warren
Fasone and the team of Nicole Thompson and Jeff Tucker. Jon Vincent and
Justin Reed advanced into the State competition for Chesterton. The
individual title for Policy Debate went to a team from Columbia City.
Forty students entered into Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Chesterton had three
students advance to elimination rounds. Qualifying for the Octafinal round
were Megan Adamczewski, Brandon Moore and Michael Leopold. Alec Turner also
advanced to the state competition. Valparaiso placed 1st and 2nd in
Congressional debate was the largest category and saw two Chesterton
debaters advance to the final round. Dakota McCoy placed ninth overall and
Senior Adam Potrzebowski was the tournament champion.
The final round judges had Potrzebowski ranked 1,1,1,1,2 respectively.
Potrzebowski also won the James Hawker Mental Attitude Scholarship award. He
is the first Chesterton debater to have won the prestigious honor. It is
voted on by members of the IHSFA's executive council. Advancing to the
semi-final round of Congressional Debate were Hayley Treezo and Liz Koch.
Chesterton scored most of its points in the event of Public Forum. Thomas
Biel and Jordan Hoover defended the Con side of the resolution about
President Obama's surge into Afghanistan. On a 3-2 decision, they defeated
their teammates Spencer Hadley and Luke Morgan who represented the Pro side.
Kira Geairn and Nikita Chawla as well as Tyler Fabbri and Syed Shah advanced
into the quarterfinal round. Since the inception of this event, Chesterton
has won five of the seven state titles; including the previous three in a
row. Fabbri won in 2008 and the team of Hadley/Morgan in 2009.
Chesterton won with 70 points followed by Valparaiso (51) and Columbia
City. There were 21 teams total in the state wide competition. Chesterton is
coached by Chris Lowery, Scott Woodhouse and Ben Blohm.