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CHS Speech and Debate qualifies seven more for Nationals in June

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This weekend the Chesterton High School Speech and Debate program qualified seven more students for The National Speech and Debate Tournament, to be held in Dallas, Texas, June 16 to 21.

The district qualifying tournament was a unique challenge this past weekend; instead of competing in their usual placement in Northeast Indiana against teams such as Concord and Bishop Dwenger, Chesterton was transferred into the Northwest Indiana District against intense rival Munster. With both Northeast and Northwest Indiana holding qualifying tournaments at Plymouth High School, Chesterton lost the team sweepstakes award to the district champion Munster by just one point.

“At sectionals we were fourteen points behind Munster and on Saturday we were literally neck and neck. State is this weekend and our team is closing the gap and peaking at the perfect time,” said Head Coach Dakota McCoy. While the team result is promising, the focus of the weekend was individual successes as the top two students in each of the eight speech events qualified for the national tournament.

In Dramatic Interpretation, four Chesterton students advanced to the final round, with juniors Anekah Fish and Alan Stirling closing out the champion and runner-up spots, while sophomores Lily Roberts and Rebecca Mueller took 5th and 6th place respectively. Students who double qualify are only allowed one event at nationals. So when Stirling won yet another championship in Program of Oral Interpretation he opened the door for Roberts to still qualify in drama despite her finish. Roberts would also final in POI and finish 3rd, ahead of fellow teammate, junior Nidhee Patel in 5th.

Chesterton also has tournament champions in Duo Interpretation with juniors Max Winski and Indigo Loving in the top spot, followed by juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin in 3rd place (alternate) and junior Jenna Aguilar and freshman Heidi Boltze in 5th place.

The fourth championship went to junior Anna Sanders in Original Oratory with Mueller taking 4th and still qualifying for nationals, because a student ahead of her had already qualified in a different event. In Humorous Interpretation, Boltze took an impressive 3rd place (alternate), with Mullin and Loving taking 4th and 5th place respectively. Fish additionally qualified in Informative Speaking, despite fishing 3rd, and junior Nick Hanson took 6th place in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

The CHS coaching staff was joined by a host of former students and parents who helped with judging and the seven speech national qualifiers will be officially announced after the National Speech and Debate Association central office in Iowa audits the results.

This week, the team will travel downstate to Fishers with its 34 state-qualifying entries to compete at the Indiana High School Forensic Association State tournament.






Posted 3/6/2019




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