The Chesterton High School Speech and Debate Team wrapped up its national
tournament competition in Dallas, Texas on Saturday and was recognized as
one of three programs in the nation to attend its 40th consecutive national
tournament. More than 3,300 students from all fifty states began competition
All students competed in six preliminary rounds and the top 60 in each event
then advanced to the elimination rounds. Each event began with about 230
competitors. Three of the team's seniors advanced to quarterfinals in their
main events, placing them in the top 30 of their respective events.
Public forum partners Dakota McCoy and Spencer Hadley advanced through ten
rounds of competition before being eliminated on Thursday. In original
oratory Kara Fasone also placed in the top thirty after 10 rounds of
competition. All three received national tournament plaques recognizing
their quarterfinal accomplishments.
In addition, senior Warren Fasone advanced to quarterfinals in impromptu, a
consolation event held on Friday. He too placed in the top thirty of an
event that began the day with over 400 entries.
Two of the team's coaches also received national recognition at the Diamond
Coach Assembly. Doug Pishkur received his second diamond after achieving
3,000 NFL points and Scott Woodhouse received his first diamond for reaching
1,500 NFL points. Former CHS speech coach Joseph Wycoff, who coaches at
Apple Valley High School in Minnesota, received his fourth diamond.
Other students competing at the national tournament were Cassidy Peretin
(11) in policy debate, Eric Dreischerf (10) in Lincoln/Douglas debate,
Robert Conrick (12) in original oratory, Brandon Moore (12) in
extemporaneous speaking and Jessica Cleary (12) in humor.
“These kids did a great job of representing Duneland at the national
tournament. We had a great week,”said coach Bob Kelly.