ETHS students win speech, chess awards

Evanston Township High School speech and chess teams won a number of awards recently in local tournaments at Hersey and Niles North schools.

The Speech Team earned a Second Place trophy at Hersey High School’s speech tournament in Arlington Heights, while the Chess Team won second place at the Niles North Chess Tournament, a prelude to the Illinois High School Association’s State Tournament in February.

Above: ETHS Speech Team members show off their trophies from Hersey tourney

The following students took individual honors in the speech tournament:

Jenna Rapisarda – 1st place – Declamation
Jazzlyn Smith and Naomi Fireman – 1st Place – Humorous Duet Acting
Dana Stamos – 2nd Place – Original Oratory
Faith Yarnoff – 2nd Place – Impromptu Speaking
Dana Stamos – 3rd Place – Humorous Interpretation
Anna Kanter – 3rd Place – Informative Speaking
Katie Greenberg – 3rd Place – Radio Speaking
Libby Goldman – 4th Place – Original Comedy
Joe Burson – 5th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking
Anna Kanter – 5th Place – Declamation
Ashley Morrison-Sain and Lucy Godinez – 6th Place – Dramatic Duet Acting
Jenna Rapisarda – 6th Place – Dramatic Interpretation
Sarah Barnes – 6th Place – Prose Reading
Natalie Hoke – 6th Place – Special Occasion Speaking
Faith Yarnoff – 6th Place – Informative Speaking
Lucy Godinez – 6th Place – Dramatic Interpretation
Ella Fies – 6th Place – Humorous Interpretation

Individual awards in the chess tournament went to the following:

Board 2:  junior Maddie Reiches – 4th Place
Board 3:  freshman Eli Goering – 1st Place
Board 4:  freshman Henry MacDonald – 5th Place
Board 5: sophomore Xander Nicolson – 2nd Place
Board 6: freshman Justin Liao – 2nd Place
Board 7: junior Sam Miller – 2nd Place
Board 8: freshman Benedict Brady – 2nd Place
Open Section: sophomore Alex Novak had a perfect 5-0 score for 1st Place.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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