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.