The entire Chesterton High School debate team was on display at a home meet
this past week and the team was dominant in both the novice and junior
The Chesterton tournament is the only two day regular season tournament and
includes three sets of elimination rounds per event.
Lincoln-Douglas is one on one debate currently tackling the issue of
universal healthcare. Chesterton took home both the novice and
junior-varsity division titles.
Joy Joll won the novice division championship after compiling a 7-1 record.
Joll defeated a student from Ben Davis on a 2-1 decision. Breaking to the
quarterfinal round was Samuel Lee.
Don Reinert defeated rival West Lafayette in the semifinals and finals of
the JV division. Eric Zhong was a quarterfinalist. Continuing the youth
theme, sophomore Abby Burke was the lone varsity qualifier in
Lincoln-Douglas, finishing as a semifinalist.
Public Forum debate is two-on-two debate currently dealing with issues
related to the U.S. Middle Eastern foreign policy.
Nathan Burris and Tyler Colvin defeated a team from Carl Sandburg to take
home the JV title. Chesterton also performed well in the novice division;
Victoria Bain and Tristen Manuzak were runners up after falling to a team
from West Lafayette in the finals while Stelian Benus and Eric Richardson
were semifinalists. In varsity Christian O’Brien and Salman Lakhani were
semifinalists, falling to LaPorte.
Awards were given for the partner events based on individual speaking
performance. In the varsity division, Lakhani was the top overall speaker
followed by Ronnie Kovach (2nd) and Jessica Ratel-Khan (6th). In JV Burris
(5th) and Colvin (6th) both received awards. And in novice Richardson (3rd),
and Benus (8th) both received recognition.
Policy debate involves teams of two creating a plan to deal with the
nation’s crumbling infrastructure. At the novice level, Joel Peterson and
Tim Vincent were quarterfinalists. In varsity, Nadia Mario and Katherine
Bolek were quarterfinalists. There was no JV division in this category.
Congressional debate involves the debating and passage of congressional
legislation. Mikaela Meyer advanced to final round where she placed 4th
Coach Chris Lowery was pleased with the results, particularly with the
success of his freshman and sophomores. “Winning multiple novice and
junior-varsity championships were icing on the cake after successfully
hosting 20 schools from three states. Donations from local businesses,
including the Duneland Tourism Bureau and the Law Offices of David Baum
which served as the title sponsor, made this one of the most successful
tournaments to date.”