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Two advance in Speech and Debate National tourney

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The preliminary rounds at the National Speech and Debate tournament ended on Tuesday with two Chesterton students advancing to semifinals.

Eric Dreischerf made the cut in Lincoln-Douglas debate, a one-on-one event tackling the philosophical issue of whether an oppressive government would be better than no government. In order to qualify for the elimination rounds, Eric earned at least eight out of the twelve judge’s ballots during his first six rounds of competition. At this point, the tournament has become double elimination, with Dreischerf gaining perfect scores through the first two elimination rounds held on Tuesday.

Mikaela Meyer advanced in Student Congress, an event where students simulate the role that legislators have in advancing legislation. Advancement meant that Meyer was in at least the top third of her chamber during the preliminary debates which covered 18 separate legislative topics. Meyer will now compete in the semifinal round all day on Wednesday.

The rest of the team now turns to their supplemental and consolation events for a second chance at advancing.

Further results will be known on Thursday, when final rounds occur.


Posted 6/20/2013