From March 7-9, 2013, the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team competed at the Joel Hefling AFA District IV tournament in Mankato, Minn., to qualify additional events for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). In all, HC has 41 qualified events among 15 team members for the national tournament to be held this April in Hutchinson, Kans.
In addition to the team’s strong performance at the district tournament, Trevor Brass, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., was named a finalist among three candidates for the Kevin Heineman Student Award, an honor named for the late Hastings College Director of Forensics and given to the student in District IV who best exemplifies leadership, team spirit, sportsmanship and a true love of the activity of college forensics. Brass also is a candidate for the AFA All-American Team.
Results from Saturday, March 9:
Matt Casholi, a senior from Doniphan, Neb., and
Hannah Davis, a senior from Grand Island, Neb. 3rd, Duo*
Hannah Duke, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo. 2nd, After Dinner Speaking*
Amanda Cargile, a junior from Devine, Texas 3rd, Program of Oral Interpretation
Ethan Richardson, a junior from Omaha, Neb. 5th, Extemporaneous Speaking*
Jared Buskirk, a junior from Holdredge, Neb. Finalist, Persuasion
Miranda Klugesherz, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo., and
Tommy Hendrix, a first year student from Omaha, Neb. Finalists, Duo
Teal Timperley, a first year student from Lynch, Neb. 3rd, Informative Speaking*
Aaron Pierce, a first year student from Cozad, Neb. 3rd, Impromptu Speaking*
3rd, After Dinner Speaking*
*This event has now qualified for the national tournament.
The Hastings College forensics team continues a long-running tradition of national competitive success, placing in the top 20 at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) for most of the past ten years, including 16th at AFA 2012 in San Marcos, TX, and 18th at AFA 2011 in Kearney, Neb.
Hastings College, founded in 1882 and located in Hastings, Nebraska, is a private, four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A total of 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to more than 1,100 students. Hastings College was named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit www.hastings.edu for more information.