The Chesterton debate team won the top sweepstakes award at the Valparaiso
tournament this past weekend. Chesterton amassed 70 points, despite only
winning one event. Munster High School came in second place with 59 points;
followed by West Lafayette with 35 points. A total of ten schools entered
217 competitors at the tournament.
Chesterton's lone event championship came in varsity Lincoln-Douglas. Abby
Burke won her second straight tournament after once again compiling a
perfect record. This puts her record at 12 -1 on the season. Chris Krause
dropped one round, but was able to place third at the tournament. Zac
Claahsen was able to place second in the novice division.
Chesterton compiled a majority of its points from the Public Forum division
where three of its teams went a perfect 4 - 0; but lost to a West Lafayette
team on the tie breaker. Hannah Vasquez and Jessica Ratel-Khan placed
second, Hayden Biggs and Victoria Bain placed third, and Savannah Tipton and
Eric Richardson placed fourth respectively. Tyler Colvin and Nate Burris
came in eighth place with a 3-1 record. Nate Scheerer and Hunter Warren took
home 3rd place in the novice division and were joined by teammates Hayden
Hodge and Mark Wilcox (5th) and Clay Lembke and Drake Moss (8th). Thomas
Appel and Bridget Bull fell just short of placing at the award ceremony,
coming in ninth overall.
Alex Genetski and Tim Vincent were the highest placing Chesterton team in
Policy debate at 5th place. They were joined by teammates Emily Percifield
and Kaley Brown (7th) and Nadia Mario and Katherine Bolek (8th). Liz Bolek
and Sajag Agarwal came in 6th place in the novice division.
In Congressional debate, Andrew Caratini came in fourth at the varsity
level. Caratini was also named the outstanding Presiding Officer by his
peers. Jordan Sweet came in sixth place. In the novice division, Keagan Wong
came in eighth overall.
This was the first time that sweepstakes was awarded this year at a regular
season tournament. Coach Chris Lowery was ecstatic about the team effort.
“This was the first time in a number of years that Chesterton scored points
in every single division at a tournament and it shows the overall depth of
this team,” Lowery said.
The team now sets its sights toward hosting next weekend's competition at
home. The public is more than welcome to see any stage of the competition
which begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. and continues throughout all of Saturday.
For more information please contact Chris Lowery at the high school (firstname.lastname@example.org).