(STATEHOUSE) Mar. 10, 2009 - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) today honored Chesterton High School's swim and debate teams for their exceptional performance in competition.
The Chesterton swim team was honored for winning the Indiana State Swimming Championship for the second consecutive year. The team won six events, and together broke three state records and one national record. Kyle Whitaker, a junior at Chesterton High School, set the national individual record that was faster than Olympic champion Michael Phelps' time at the same age.
"The Chesterton High School swim time not only excels in competition, but are also display first-class sportsmanship," said Rep. Soliday. "This team will continue to excel in the future and I wish to congratulate them on all they've accomplished."
The Chesterton debate team was also honored for winning their 19th state championship. The debate team prides itself on its ability to focus on education and public speaking at competitions. Their team is now nationally recognized not only as a debate team, but also for its degree excellence, which few teams have matched.
"The Chesterton debate team truly represents the youth of Indiana," said Rep. Soliday. "The excellence displayed by these young people in competition is admirable, and it was my pleasure to recognize their achievements publically."
For questions or comments regarding this session, Rep. Soliday can be reached at h4@IN.gov, or by phone at 1-800-382-9841.