On December 15, the
Chesterton High School Speech Team traveled to LaPorte High School for the
T-Minus Ten (days until Christmas) tournament. Because of their hard work,
the team took second place overall out of thirteen local teams.
Mueller and Anna Sanders took the top two spots in Original Oratory. The
following team members also took champion titles in their respective events:
junior Owen Cowsert for Broadcasting, junior Max Winski for Humorous
Interpretation, juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin for Original
Performance, and junior Alan Stirling for Program of Oral Interpretation.
Winski also took third place in Original Performance while Stirling took
Dramatic Interpretation runner-up.
included junior Jenna Aguilar and sophomore Mattea Sklut, with third and
fourth place respectively, in broadcasting; junior Miranda Miller and senior
Matt Koutsopanagos with a respective third and fifth place in Dramatic
Interpretation; freshman Heidi Boltze with fourth place in Humorous
Interpretation; sophomore Allison Soblotne with third place in Informative
Speaking, Lucy Novreske and Gabi Castro with a respective fourth and sixth
place in Original Performance, and freshman Natalie Nunez with sixth place
in Poetry Reading.
On January 5, the
team traveled to suburban Indianapolis for the Fishers High School Forensics
Festival where the team placed second overall. Forty-seven schools from
around the state competed in Speech and Debate events, with over 600 total
entries in the tournament.
Stirling took home another Program of Oral Interpretation champion title
while junior Nathan Mullin took home the Humorous Interpretation champion
title. Runner-up titles went to sophomore Rebecca Mueller in Original
Oratory and juniors Max Winski and Indy Loving in Duo. Other finals placings
included Winski with third place in Original Performance and fifth place in
Humorous Interpretation; Stirling with fourth place in Dramatic
Interpretation; and junior Anekah Fish with third place in Prose Reading and
sixth in Informative Speaking. Non-advancing semifinalists recognized among
the top 12 entries included the following Chesterton High School students:
freshman Heidi Boltze in Humorous Interpretation; sophomore Lily Roberts
both in Prose Reading and Poetry Reading; sophomore Rebecca Mueller in
Dramatic Interpretation; sophomore Anna Sanders in Original Oratory, and
junior Jenna Aguilar in Broadcasting.
The team continues
its second half of the season with upcoming appearances at local tournaments
in Elkhart, Mishawaka, and Culver, as well as an appearance at the
prestigious Minneapple Speech Tourna-ment in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where
they will face some of the best teams in the country.