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CHS Speech team wins LaPorte Invite

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The Chesterton High school speech team closed out its regular season with a win at LaPorte High School’s “Is It Spring Yet?” Invitational. Eleven schools with more than 250 entries competed in the all varsity tournament on a day that felt like spring was indeed here. The team had eight tournament champions and placed first with 127 points.

Seniors Natalie Beglin and James Van Drie led the team, winning two events each. Beglin won both original oratory and programmed oral Interpretation (POI). Van Drie was the tournament champion in both dramatic interpretation and poetry. Junior Leaha Estes also placed in POI, taking fourth place.

Senior Hayden Hodge was the tournament champion in impromptu speaking, and he was joined by teammates Katelyn Balikir (11) in third and sophomore Anjali Dzarski (10) in fifth. Dzarski also placed seventh in original performance.

Junior Nate Scheerer won broadcasting, followed in the event by junior Paul Petro in fourth, and freshmen Max Winski and Emily Krygoske who were seventh and eighth, respectively.

In extemporaneous speaking CHS had two tournament champions. Junior Connor Wantuch won international and junior Ryan Day won U.S. Other extemporaneous speakers placing included sophomore Madi Ghoreishi, third in international, and Hayden Hodge and sophomore Elli Didonna sixth and seventh, respectively in U.S.

Sophomore Allen Smith had a good day with two second place finishes. He was second in both humorous interpretation and original performance. Junior Nathan Herr placed eighth in informative speaking.

Finally, in discussion junior Hannah Geiss placed second and senior Katrina Balon was fourth.

“This was a pleasant surprise. We left a lot of our team at home to have a work day, in preparation for sectionals. We brought just 22 students we felt needed some additional tournament time in their events, never anticipating we’d do this well as a team. These kids are really coming together well at the right time,” said Coach Bob Kelly.

CHS won with 127 points followed by Munster in second with 113. Plymouth placed third with 84 points, followed closely by Culver Academies with 82 points. Concord High School finished in fifth with 68 points.

Joining Coach Kelly and Program Director, Chris Lowery, was assistant coach Dakota McCoy as well as former student Kaley Brown. In addition, parents Rhonda Day and Tony Winski helped with judging.

The team will be competing in the IHSFA Section 1 tournament this Saturday at Valparaiso High School.


Posted 2/20/2017




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