The Speech and Debate season ends next week with 20 student’s competition at
the National Forensic League’s national tournament. It is the largest team
that the Chesterton High School program has ever sent to the national
tournament and includes a student competition in every single event. “We
have high hopes for our students based upon the effort that they have put
in,” said coach Chris Lowery.
Giving Chesterton an edge is the fact that nearly half of the team went to
the Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National tournament in Philadelphia a
few weeks ago. Mikaela Meyer was able to qualify for the elimination portion
of the tournament in Congressional debate, an event that she will once again
compete in at Birmingham, Alabama, the site of this year’s national
tournament. Although she did not advance out of the Semi-final round, her
placement put Meyer in the top 50 at the tournament.
In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Eric Dreischerf amassed a winning record, but
wasn’t able to make an extremely difficult cut line. Dresicherf will attempt
to utilize what he learned in order to make the cut this week. Corinne
Leopold received the first taste of national competition as well. The story
was similar for Policy debate, where Zach Bogich and Simon Andrews narrowly
missed the cut, falling just two ballots short of elimination round
In speech, Jenn Kattalia (Oratory), Humaira Khan (Extemp), and the team of
Sharon Coleman and Kaylee Oates were all able to test out their national
event material in front of judges from around the country.
Most of the Catholic National team will display their talent tonight at the
team’s annual performance night at the CHS auditorium. The event is free and
open to the public, performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.