The Chesterton High
School Speech team placed second over the weekend, at the John Oliver
Memorial Speech Invitational hosted by Plymouth High School.
with over 400 entries competed at the combination novice/varsity tournament.
At the varsity level the top 12 in each event received awards and in the
novice division the top six were recognized. CHS had four tournament
champions, all at the varsity level.
Leading the team
were senior Josh Hogan and sophomore AJ Stirling, each winning two events.
Hogan was the tournament champion in humorous interpretation and, along with
his partner senior Logan Summers, the champion in duo interpretation.
Stirling won both dramatic interpretation and programmed oral
interpretation, also called POI. Hogan and Stirling were also the only two
to break at the national circuit tournament held in Chicago two weeks ago.
Also at the varsity
level, senior Bryn Jackson placed second in original oratory, sophomore Max
Winski was fifth in humor, senior Leaha Estes was fifth in prose reading,
and sophomore Zach Mullins took sixth in impromptu. In addition, the senior
duo team of Paige Donovan and Amber Johnson placed eighth.
Four novices, all
freshmen, placed second in their respective events. In dramatic
interpretation it was Lily Roberts, in informative speaking it was Rebecca
Mueller, Anna Sanders in original oratory, and Mei Pantuso in programmed
oral interpretation. Following Roberts in drama was junior Matt
Koutsopanagos in fourth place.
“We had some very
good things happen today, and Josh and AJ have certainly asserted
themselves, but we need to develop some depth,” said Coach Becky Uehling,
“the kind of depth we saw from both Fishers and Plymouth today.”
Fishers won the
tournament with 201 points. Plymouth, as the tournament host, did not take a
team award but had 128 points. CHS got the second place trophy with 74
points followed by Culver Academies in third with 71 points. Bishop Dwenger
was fourth with 64 points and Valparaiso was fifth with 51 points.
Coaches Uehling and
Bob Kelly were joined by four parents who helped with judging. Judges
included Barbara Black, Kristin Pruitt, Claire Mueller, and Mrs. Estes-Garmon.
The team’s next
tournament will be this weekend in Valparaiso.