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Split CHS speech team has excellent showing at two events

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The Chesterton High School speech team had an excellent showing during their second split weekend of competition. A select group of seven competitors traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the highly competitive Dowling Catholic High School Paradigm Invitational, where they competed against teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Junior Alan Stirling was declared Program of Oral Interpretation Champion and took 4th place in Dramatic Interpretation. Because of his performances, he is fully qualified to compete in both events this spring at the prestigious Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky. He also earned his first bid towards qualifying for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Omaha.

Sophomore Lily Roberts took 3rd place in Oral Interpretation of Poetry and is also fully qualified to compete in her event at University of Kentucky. Junior Anekah Fish also claimed 4th place in Oral Interpretation of Prose. Teammates who qualified to semifinals included the following: junior Anna Leady in Original Oratory, sophomore Rebecca Mueller in Original Oratory, and junior Max Winski in Humorous Interpretation.

Plymouth Invitational

On the home front, the majority of the team competed at the John Oliver Invitational at Plymouth High School. Because of their hard work, the team took 7th place overall. The varsity team had the following accolades with freshman Nathan Mullin and junior George Tracy as the Original Performance champions, junior Owen Cowsert with 3rd place Broadcasting, junior Jenna Aguilar with 6th place Broadcasting, and Allison Soblotne with 3rd place in Informative Speaking Honors Finals.

The novice team had a very impressive showing with many members earning places in finals. The following students were named champions in their events: freshman Celia Faroh in Informative Speaking, freshman Dylan Leavitt in Poetry Reading, freshman Heidi Boltze in Humorous Interpretation, and sophomore Logan Riley in Dramatic Interpretation.

Other finalists on the novice team included sophomore Mattea Sklut with 4th place in Broadcasting, freshman Celia Faroh with 6th place Prose Reading, and freshman Connor Potesta with 6th place Broadcasting.

Next week, the team competes in their final tournament for the semester at LaPorte High School. Everyone will enjoy a restful winter break before a highly competitive second half of the season next semester.



Posted 12/13/2018





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