The CHS Speech team placed second at the IHSFA sectional tournament held at
LaPorte High School last Saturday. Twenty-nine of the team's 37 entries
advanced to the state finals to be held in Indianapolis on March 23rd.
Eleven schools from section one and nearly 200 entries participated. The top
six students in each of the fourteen events advance to the state finals.
tournament champion, senior Eric Dreischerf, four broadcasters advanced to
the state finals. Following Dreischerf were junior Nate Dickinson in second,
sophomore Robert St. Pierre in fifth, and freshman Sam Gordon in sixth.
Team's are allowed to enter a total of 40 entries but no more than four in
The team had
three advance in several other events. In declamation sophomore Galen Wong
placed third, followed by juniors Layla Mooradian and Mikaela Meyer in
fourth and fifth, respectively. In drama seniors Kiera Quealy and Aliyah
Caraballo placed third and fourth, respectively, and senior Sharon Coleman
finished in sixth. Quealy also placed third in original performance,
Caraballo and her partner, junior Danny Vincent, were fifth in memorized
duo, and Coleman and her partner, senior Kaylee Oates were fourth in
memorized duo. Oates also advanced in humor, placing fourth, and teammate,
sophomore Lauren Hogan finished sixth in humor.
The team also
advanced three in both impromptu and international extemporaneous speaking.
In impromptu senior Spencer Gordon finished third, junior Andrew Caratini
was fourth and freshman Tim Vincent was sixth. Gordon also finished third in
international extemporaneous followed by Vincent in fifth and sophomore
Andrea Drygas in sixth.
senior Ronnie Kovach placed third and junior Simon Andrews was fourth. US
extemporaneous speakers Humaira Khan and Jessica Ratel-Khan placed fourth
and fifth, respectively.
Kidder and junior Justyn Lantz were sixth in scripted duo, and teammates,
junior Liz Green and sophomore Jake Williger, placed sixth. Green also
advanced in poetry, placing fifth, and Williger advanced in original
performance, placing sixth.
The team also
had several alternates - students placing seventh in their respective
events. Eric Zhong in discussion, Jennifer Kattalia and Layla Mooradian in
memorized duo, Kattalia in original oratory, Andrew Caratini in
international extemporaneous, and Nathan Burris in US extemporaneous will
advance only if someone in the top six in their respective events withdraws
from the tournament.
Munster was the
sectional champion with CHS coming in a distant second. Valparaiso placed
third as a team followed by Elkhart Central in fourth and Portage in fifth.
“As is always
the case, there were some pleasant surprises and some bitter
disappointments, but we feel we have advanced a good group to compete at the
state tournament. This is the most difficult sectional in the state, and
we're proud of what our kids accomplished this weekend,” said Coach Bob
Chris Lowery, Doug Pishkur, Kirsten Reed and Eric Schaefer, were assisted
with judging duties by former students Dannielle (Hunt) Sanders, Liannae (Wojnarowicz)
Mink, Heather (Ransford) Augustyn, Michelle Jatkiewicz, and Jessica Cleary.
Pegg Sangerman, parent of a former student, also helped.