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CHS Speech team finishes fourth overall at IHSFA state finals

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The CHS Speech team finished second in the AAA (large schools) IHSFA state finals this past weekend and fourth overall.

Sixty schools with nearly 700 entries competed in the tournament. All state qualifiers competed in three preliminary rounds, with the top 24 advancing to quarterfinals. From there the top 12 advanced to semifinals and the top six then to final rounds in each of the fourteen events.

CHS had eight of its entries advance to final rounds, four of which placed in the top three.

Leading the way was junior Alan Stirling who, for the second year in a row, took top honors in programmed oral interpretation (POI) and became a back to back state champion. Stirling was also a semifinalist in dramatic interpretation. Juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin had a very impressive finish to their first year of competition as state runners-up in original performance. Mullin was also a semifinalist in humorous interpretation. Freshman Dylan Leavitt took third place in poetry interpretation and the junior team of Max Winski and Indigo Loving were also third in duo interpretation. Loving finished sixth in humorous interpretation and his partner Winski was a quarterfinalist in original performance.

Also advancing to the final round of competition were juniors Owen Cowsert and Anekah Fish, as well as sophomore Mattea Sklut. In broadcasting Cowsert and Sklut took fourth and fifth, respectively. Fish placed sixth in prose interpretation and was also a semifinalist in informative speaking.

Other Chesterton entries advancing to semifinals (top 12) included sophomores Elia Livovich in discussion, Lily Roberts in drama and POI, Rebecca Mueller in prose, and Nicholas Hanson in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.

Quarterfinalists (top 24) included senior Elli Didonna in international extemporaneous speaking, junior Sadie Kidd in both poetry and POI, and junior Jenna Aguilar in broadcasting as well as freshman Heidi Boltze in humor. Aguilar and Boltze also finished in quarterfinals in duo.

In addition, juniors Emily Krygoske, Nicholas Hanson, Gavin Bonner, and Nidhee Patel were all quarterfinalist in broadcasting, impromptu, original oratory, and poetry, respectively. Sophomore Bella Auricchio also advanced to the quarter final in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.

“Although we were unable to place in the top three as a team, we are really proud of this team’s strong performance,” said Program Director Chris Lowery. “We are a young but powerful team with almost every member returning. They have already started planning how to make next year even better.”

The top five teams from all three divisions were first place Munster, second place Fishers, and third went to Plymouth High School, and Chesterton finished their year in fourth place followed by Hamilton Southeastern in fifth.

The CHS coaching staff was joined by several former speech team members. Help with judging came from Lexi Justak, Izzy Portugal, Connor Wantuch, Paige Donovan, and Amber Johnson.



Posted 3/13/2019




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