came within a half of a point of extending its state championship streak to
six consecutive titles; instead Chesterton settled for a second-place
finish. West Lafayette, Chesterton’s primary rival, took home their third
title in the last sixteen years, based upon an exceptional performance in
Lincoln-Douglas and World School debate.
home one individual title out of the five events. Junior Ben Hoham and his
sophomore sister Hattie Hoham defeated a team from Penn High School by a 5-0
decision to win the state championship in policy debate. This is the second
consecutive title for Ben Hoham in this event after he partnered with Matt
Jewison to win the previous title. “To our knowledge, this is the first
sibling combination to ever win a title in Indiana debate,” said coach Chris
Ethan Dibble and
Ryan Donovan, both sophomores, came in third place, after being defeated by
the same team from Penn in the semifinal round. Until that point, Dibble and
Donovan were the number one seed and had amassed a perfect 9-0 record with
the judges. JD Cory and Devin Michael, two seniors, finished their career as
quarterfinalists, or top eight in the state. The policy topic for this year
was reducing restrictions on immigration to the United States. The Hohams
argued a case all year that would reduce restrictions upon victims of human
trafficking to the US; they represented that case on the affirmative side in
the final round. Madi Simms and Gianna Galante narrowly missed the
elimination portion of the tournament.
CHS ‘broke’ all
four of its Public Forum entries into the elimination portion of the
tournament. With the event beginning at 45 entries, that alone was quite the
accomplishment. This was the only instance of a school advancing four
entries into an elimination event. The following teams made it to
quarterfinals (top 8) before being knocked out: Grace Whah and Emily
Krygoske, Kardiay Kirk and Rhianna Ritz, Azeez Lakhani and Sofia Winski.
Nick Hanson and Luke Vetrotsky finished as octafinalists (top 16). Lakhani
and Kirk graduate in the spring, while Whah, Kryoske, Ritz, Winski, and
Hanson are all juniors and Vetrotsky is a sophomore. The teams debated
whether the U.S. should prioritize reducing national debt or promoting
economic growth. The final round was won by a team from Munster HS who
defeated Hamilton Southeastern in the final.
Sid Augustyn, a
junior, came in fourth overall in Congressional debate; this was with a
field that started with 67 contestants. The event was won by a competitor
from Fisher’s high school. Augustyn was the only Chesterton student that
advanced to the final round. Mark Jewison, Finn Babjak, and Rebecca Mueller
all survived the preliminary chambers but were unable to advance past the
both of its World School debate teams to the elimination rounds, but was
subsequently eliminated in Quarterfinals (top 8). The first team was
comprised of Elia Livovich, Kylie Brickley, Nathan Osborn, and Ian Quinn.
The second team was made up of Branden Wong, Owen Cowsert, Tim Wheeler, Shae
Hisaw, and Milena Veltri. World School is unique in its ability to switch
out competitors each and every round depending upon the topic that is
selected. Fisher’s high school won its third consecutive title in this event
after defeating West Lafayette in the final round.
Lincoln-Douglas team missed out on the elimination rounds after splitting
most of their preliminary rounds. L-D had the most competitive entry field,
with 55 contestants vying for the cutdown to the top 16 for Octas. West
Lafayette closed out the final round in this event. CHS competitors in this
event were Elli Didonna, Zachary Mullins, Jonathan Sumita, and Bella
team is coached jointly by Chris Lowery and Joshua Coots, both Social
Studies teachers at CHS. Dakota McCoy, an English teacher and Speech team
coach, served as the coach for the World School entries. Alumni and parents
Heather Augustyn, James Vincent, Hunter Warren, Eric Richardson, Quinlan
Doolin, Katelyn Balakir, Hayden Hodge, Connor Wantuch, Nathan Burris, Aaron
Drew, and Andrea Drygas served as judges and mentors to the current team.
CHS has won 26
state team titles. CHS has not finished lower than second place since 1997,
when it finished in fifth place.