Chesterton took home three of the four varsity individual event
championships in its first outing of the season. The team traveled on
Saturday to Penn High School. The tournament featured 12 other northern
Indiana schools. No team sweepstakes award was given. The Lincoln-Douglas
entry was particularly dominant as the four LD students took the first four
spots. Eric Zhong was the tournament champion, followed by teammates Chris
Krause, Corinne Leopold, and Abby Burke. In the novice division, Cara
Kroeger was ninth overall.
Chesterton’s second individual title was in varsity Congressional debate.
Mikaela Meyer took the blue ribbon, Jordan Sweet was fourth and JP Pritchard
was eighth overall.
Chesterton won the varsity and novice divisions of Public Forum debate.
Salman Lakhani and Matt Eggers won the varsity division, while Mark Wilcox
and Hayden Hodge were the top novices. Savannah Tipton and Eric Richardson
(3rd) and Nate Dickinson and Andrea Drygas (6th) also placed in the varsity
division. For the second week in a row, the novice Public Forum division had
a Chesterton theme. Hunter Warren and Nate Scheerer (3rd), Kevin Jugovic and
Johny Mario (6th), and Lennon Metz and Nicki Achor (8th) rounded out the
The policy division was won by Penn High School, but Chesterton finished
well. Nadia Mario and Katherine Bolek were the tournament runners-up, Kaley
Brown and Emily Percifield were fourth overall. In the novice division, Liz
Bolek and Sajag Agarwal came in sixth place.
The coaching staff was extremely pleased with how the varsity performed at
their first tournament.
“You always think that you are prepared, but doubt always creeps in before
that first tournament. Our kids came out prepared and excited for the
opportunities that this year presents and the results reflected that
preparation,” said Coach Chris Lowery.