Chesterton High School continued the Speech and Debate season by attending the Northwest Indiana District Congress hosted at Valparaiso High School. The tournament traditionally only hosts one of the five debate events that the team regularly competes in. CHS took the top three spots in the varsity congressional debate division. Mark Jewison came in first with a combined score of the four judges of 5 points. Savannah Hutchinson was the runner-up with a judges score of 10 and Peyton Day came in third with 13 points. Brody Gorski came in fifth place and was named by a student vote as the outstanding presiding officer for the chamber. Jack Jessen rounded out the placing by coming in sixth place. Payton Whalen came in second place in his novice chamber. Whalen was only two points behind the top finisher. Mason Butler came in seventh place in that chamber. In the other novice chamber, Moneice Johnson finished in fifth place. Varsity member Trina Gonzalez volunteered to help out the novices by serving as their presiding officer throughout the tournament.
In addition to traditional competition, the tournament serves as a vehicle for selecting the district tournament legislation. That is the tournament which determines which students from Northwest Indiana qualify for the national tournament in June. CHS students wrote their own legislation on a variety of subjects that included recognition of Kurdistan, federally decriminalizing marijuana, and ending the practice of predatory employment practices. Chesterton was able to secure five of the six chosen pieces of legislation for the event. This means that the team will be able to “sponsor the legislation” in December, an act that gives them an advantage in the competition.