The speech half of the speech and debate team opened its season with a
novice only tournament held at Munster High School.
Five schools and more than 75 students attended the tournament, designed to
help novices "learn the ropes" before the regular season gets under way.
The tournament was run and judged by varsity students from the five schools
Chesterton had nine novice entries and took ten varsity students to help run
and judge the tournament.
There were no team awards but the top eight students in each of the 11
events received recognition. The novice group was led by junior Max Brown
who was the tournament champion in broadcasting. Brown was followed by
teammates Sam Gordon (9) in third, Evan Gill (11) in fourth, and Alex
Driskill (11) in fifth.
In declamation freshman Grant Schuster placed fourth, and in humor junior
Justyn Lantz was fifth.
Judging and tabbing for Chesterton were seniors Aliyah Caraballo, Rachel
Kidder, Sharon Coleman, and Maddie Mottinger. Also judging were juniors
Danny Vincent, Layla Mooradian, Jami Ritchea, Mikaela Meyer, and sophomores
Matt Murfitt and Lauren Hogan.
"This is always a good learning experience for both our novice and varsity
students. It's a good way to start the year," said Coach Bob Kelly.