Munster High captures fifth straight speech team state championship

2014-04-03T00:00:00Z Munster High captures fifth straight speech team state championshipTimes Staff
April 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Six hundred students representing about 60 high schools competed at the 2014 Indiana High School Forensic Association State Finals last month at Fishers High School, but when all the talking was done, it was Munster High School that won its 14th state championship and fifth consecutive overall Indiana title.

The Munster Speech Team earned 166 points, more than doubling runner-up Fishers with 81 points.

Munster set state records by advancing 25 entries into the final rounds, as well as earning a record-setting seven state runner-up finishes.

Rohan Chatterjee won the state championship with his Original Oratory on society’s dependence on technology. Judie Muhrez earned the state championship in Prose Interpretation with her rendition of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai.

First Team All-State selections from Munster include:

Sidarth Singh - state champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Impromptu Speaking

Judie Muhrez - state champion in Prose Interpretation

Rohan Chatterjee - state champion and second place in Humorous Interpretation

Morgan Papesh - second in Dramatic Interpretation

Bess Fary - second in Prose Interpretation

Bess Fary/Colleen Kifer - second in Memorized Duo Interpretation

Rathnam Venkat – second in International Extemporaneous Speaking

Zach Long - second in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking

Nia Clark/Vivian Reba - third in Scripted Duo

Nick Siano – third in Humorous Interpretation

Josh Shalen – third in Original Oratory

Ellie Dorn/Tatiana Shinkan - third in Original Performance

Emily Wierman – third in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking

The team is directed by Jordan Mayer and Don Fortner,  Indiana recipient of the 2014 National Federation of High Schools Speech, Debate, and Theatre Educator Award.

The Munster team is now preparing to compete at the 2014 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Chicago, Ill., May 23-25, and the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Overland Park, Kan., June 15-20.

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