The CHS Speech team
finished second in the AAA (large schools) IHSFA state finals this past
weekend and fourth overall.
Sixty schools with
nearly 700 entries competed in the tournament. All state qualifiers competed
in three preliminary rounds, with the top 24 advancing to quarterfinals.
From there the top 12 advanced to semifinals and the top six then to final
rounds in each of the fourteen events.
CHS had eight of
its entries advance to final rounds, four of which placed in the top three.
Leading the way was
junior Alan Stirling who, for the second year in a row, took top honors in
programmed oral interpretation (POI) and became a back to back state
champion. Stirling was also a semifinalist in dramatic interpretation.
Juniors George Tracy and Nathan Mullin had a very impressive finish to their
first year of competition as state runners-up in original performance.
Mullin was also a semifinalist in humorous interpretation. Freshman Dylan
Leavitt took third place in poetry interpretation and the junior team of Max
Winski and Indigo Loving were also third in duo interpretation. Loving
finished sixth in humorous interpretation and his partner Winski was a
quarterfinalist in original performance.
Also advancing to
the final round of competition were juniors Owen Cowsert and Anekah Fish, as
well as sophomore Mattea Sklut. In broadcasting Cowsert and Sklut took
fourth and fifth, respectively. Fish placed sixth in prose interpretation
and was also a semifinalist in informative speaking.
entries advancing to semifinals (top 12) included sophomores Elia Livovich
in discussion, Lily Roberts in drama and POI, Rebecca Mueller in prose, and
Nicholas Hanson in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.
(top 24) included senior Elli Didonna in international extemporaneous
speaking, junior Sadie Kidd in both poetry and POI, and junior Jenna Aguilar
in broadcasting as well as freshman Heidi Boltze in humor. Aguilar and
Boltze also finished in quarterfinals in duo.
juniors Emily Krygoske, Nicholas Hanson, Gavin Bonner, and Nidhee Patel were
all quarterfinalist in broadcasting, impromptu, original oratory, and
poetry, respectively. Sophomore Bella Auricchio also advanced to the quarter
final in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.
“Although we were
unable to place in the top three as a team, we are really proud of this
team’s strong performance,” said Program Director Chris Lowery. “We are a
young but powerful team with almost every member returning. They have
already started planning how to make next year even better.”
The top five teams
from all three divisions were first place Munster, second place Fishers, and
third went to Plymouth High School, and Chesterton finished their year in
fourth place followed by Hamilton Southeastern in fifth.
The CHS coaching
staff was joined by several former speech team members. Help with judging
came from Lexi Justak, Izzy Portugal, Connor Wantuch, Paige Donovan, and