The high school
debate team split its squad between a tournament at Penn High School in
Mishawaka and William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL, and had success at
At Penn the team of
JD Cory and Devin Michael were the top policy debate team for the second
weekend in a row after winning all four of their rounds. Madison Simms and
Ben Hoham came in fifth place at the varsity level. All of the team’s novice
policy teams placed with Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan taking the highest
spot (third). They were followed by the teams of Gianna Galante/Karina
Martinez (fifth), Josh Drew and Juan Ponce (sixth), and Shae Hisaw/Jackson
The other champion
for the team at Penn came in the form of novice Public Forum debaters Robbie
Geiss and Luke Vetrosky who went 3-1 in order to win their division. At the
varsity level of public forum, the team of Rhianna Ritz and Alex Smzutko
came in sixth overall. Paul Petro was the lone entry to place in varsity
Congressional Debate, earning sixth overall.
A small group
attended an out of state tournament in an effort to vary their competition
and see what techniques they could bring back to help advance their own
craft. Hannah Geiss was the only undefeated entry in the varsity division of
Lincoln-Douglas and consequently took home the tournament title. She was
followed closely by her schoolmate Camma Duhamell, who won four of her five
rounds and took third place overall.
thirty-one students competing in the field. At the novice level,
Chesterton’s entries narrowly missed placing at the awards ceremony, but two
entries, Hattie Hoham (sixth) and Isabella Auricchio (seventh), were honored
with a ‘speaker’s award’ which is determined by the speakers’ points that
each debater accumulates in a round.
In novice Public
Forum, Nick Hanson and Jenna Aguilar were 12th out of 46 entries.