School typically finishes each year as one of the thirty largest programs in
the nation. Maintaining the level of success that the team is accustomed to
is largely driven by the fact that each year a new group of debaters is
expected to replace the members that graduate. While most begin their debate
career as a freshman, there are many new debaters (novices) who join during
their sophomore and junior years. No matter what grade they are in all
debaters are nervous at their first tournament.
The annual Munster
novice tournament provides an opportunity to ease the students into the
competitive world of debate.
dominated the event of Lincoln-Douglas over the weekend, in which two
students from opposing schools debated a topic regarding the value of
standardized testing in the college admissions process. Gretta Burke (1st
place), Mia Enzer (3rd), Jonathan Dickens (4th), and Emily Freundt (5th) all
went undefeated across their four rounds of competition. Emma Replin dropped
a close decision in her final round to finish with a 3-1 record and 6th
Chesterton also won
the event of Policy Debate, in which teams of two debate a reduction in
foreign arms sales from the United States. Megan Nowka and Riley Hawksworth
only dropped one decision on their way to winning the tournament. Josh
Fieffer and Jonathon McClure finished in fourth place.
debate was split between two chambers that never competed against each
other. That meant that awards were split by chamber. CHSís Grant Flesher won
chamber B after debating pieces of legislation regarding artificial
intelligence in medical systems, a national sales tax, banning plastic water
bottles, and privatizing the post office. Chamber A saw Leah Rockford place
second, closely followed by teammates Trina Gonzalez (2nd), and Adam Royster
CHSís team of
Morgan Glossinger and Atmikha Jeeju won three out of their four debates on
whether the European Union should join Chinaís belt and road initiative.
They were one of three teams to finish 3-1, but placed third because of the
tie-breakers. The teamís of Avery McCurdy and Chloe Vanderlin (4th), Saanya
Agarwal and Jackson Jessen (7th), and Evan Cowsert and Zander Fish (8th)