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.
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.
Scheerer won broadcasting, followed in the event by junior Paul Petro in
fourth, and freshmen Max Winski and Emily Krygoske who were seventh and
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
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.
discussion junior Hannah Geiss placed second and senior Katrina Balon was
“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