The Chesterton Speech team placed second in division 3A (large school) at
the IHSFA state finals held at Fishers High School. The team had seven
finalists and seventeen semifinalists.
Each of the fourteen events started the twelve hour day of competition with
48 contestants. After three preliminary rounds the top 18 advanced to the
semifinal rounds, and from there the top six went on to the final round.
Senior Eric Dreischerf led the team's efforts as the tournament champion in
Junior Nate Dickinson finished behind Dreischerf in broadcasting with a
third place finish. The team also had two finalists in discussion with
junior Simon Andrews placing third and senior Ronnie Kovach in sixth.
In memorized duo the senior team of Sharon Coleman and Kaylee Oates placed
fifth, and Oates also placed in humor, finishing sixth. Senior Aliyah
Caraballo was also a finalist finishing sixth in drama.
Other students advancing to semifinals but not finals included juniors
Mikaela Meyer and Layla Mooradian, who were eleventh and thirteenth in
declamation; junior Liz Green and sophomore Jake Williger, and senoir Rachel
Kidder and junior Justyn Lantz, who were twelfth and seventeenth in scripted
duo; and sophomore Lauren Hogan, who was seventeenth in humor.
In addition, freshman Tim Vincent and senior Spencer Gordon placed ninth and
fourteenth, respectively, in international extemporaneous speaking; senoir
Kiera Quealy was tenth in original performance; and junior Jessica Ratel-Khan
and senior Humaira Khan were twelfth and seventh, respectively, in U.S.
Humaira Khan actually tied for sixth place but did not advance to finals
after losing a tie-breaker.
“These kids really worked hard at the end of the season to become
competitive. We did significantly better than we did last season, and I know
the entire coaching staff was pleased with the results,” said coach Bob
Munster High School won division 2A and the Ralph Lawson Trophy for best
overall. In division 3A Warren Central won, followed by Chesterton in
second, Fishers in third, Ben Davis in fourth and Noblesville in fifth.
Coaches Kelly, Chris Lowery, Doug Pishkur, Kirsten Reed and Eric Schaefer
were joined by former students Greg Lanter, Kristen Moore, Luke Morgan, and
Kevin Miloshoff as judges. Parent Jim Vincent also helped with judging.