The Chesterton Speech team attended the Concord High School Steve
Kirkpatrick Memorial Tournament this past weekend. Fifteen schools attended
the tournament with the top eight schools receiving a trophy. The Chesterton
team placed fourth overall. The students competed in four straight rounds
with the varsity and novice competing separately.
In the novice division Chesterton had one tournament champion, who was
Isabella Portugal, freshman, in humorous interpretation. In novice radio
senior Michael Stapay finished fourth. Stapay also finished fourth in
oratorical interpretation preceded by freshman, Andrea Hanas placing third.
Their teammate Max Brown, a senior, placed seventh in the event. In novice
memorized duo the freshman team of Lexy Hanas and Mackenzie Kirkham placed
third overall in their event. In novice scripted duo freshmen, Keerat Basra
and Megan Bernth placed fourth.
Chesterton had a strong showing in novice poetry, where sophomores C.C.
Smith and Berkli Thompson placed second and third, respectively.
Leading the varsity side of the team was senior, Justyn Lantz who was the
tournament runner up in dramatic interpretation. Senior Mikaela Meyer placed
sixth in dramatic interpretation and second in oratory. Layla Mooradian,
senior, placed fourth behind Meyer in oratory. Mooradian also placed fifth
in humorous interpretation.
Chesterton had three of the top eight finishers in varsity broadcasting.
Senior Nathan Dickinson was Chesterton’s top broadcasting finisher placing
fifth overall. Dickinson was followed by juniors Galen Wong placing sixth
and Robert St. Pierre placing seventh. In the event of original performance
the junior team of Joe Hull and Jake Williger placed third. Senior Danny
Vincent and junior Lauren Hogan placed sixth in varsity memorized duo.
Finally sophomore Tim Vincent placed fourth in international extemporaneous
speaking and seventh in varsity impromptu.
“The team did excellently today and was very consistent across the board. As
the season continues I believe that this group will continue to improve and
receive great results from their hard work” said Coach Eric Shaefer.
Coaches Eric Shaefer, Kirsten Reed and Jessica Cleary were assisted by
several parents and former students. Parents included Becky Hogan, Jim
Meyer, James Vincent, Tony Winski and Diane Zielinski. Jackson Fox, a former
student, also assisted in judging.
Several varsity members from the team will be attending their only “national
circuit” tournament this year at the Glenbrook’s Tournament in Illinois this