The preliminary rounds at the National Speech and Debate tournament ended on
Tuesday with two Chesterton students advancing to semifinals.
Eric Dreischerf made the cut in Lincoln-Douglas debate, a one-on-one event
tackling the philosophical issue of whether an oppressive government would
be better than no government. In order to qualify for the elimination
rounds, Eric earned at least eight out of the twelve judge’s ballots during
his first six rounds of competition. At this point, the tournament has
become double elimination, with Dreischerf gaining perfect scores through
the first two elimination rounds held on Tuesday.
Mikaela Meyer advanced in Student Congress, an event where students simulate
the role that legislators have in advancing legislation. Advancement meant
that Meyer was in at least the top third of her chamber during the
preliminary debates which covered 18 separate legislative topics. Meyer will
now compete in the semifinal round all day on Wednesday.
The rest of the team now turns to their supplemental and consolation events
for a second chance at advancing.
Further results will be known on Thursday, when final rounds occur.