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Klugesherz, Buskirk place at competitive forensics tournament

Cold weather was no deterrent for hot performances by the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team. At the 15th Annual Hell Froze Over (HFO) Forensics Tournament held on January 11-12, 2014, in Austin, Texas, the team advanced two competitors – Miranda Klugesherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jared Buskirk, a senior from Holdrege, Neb. -- to finals in three events. Klugesherz finished first in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Informative Speaking. Buskirk placed third in Impromptu Speaking.

That was no easy feat at a tournament featuring more than 40 schools and 200 competitors and considered more competitive than the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). Forensics powerhouses University of Texas at Austin and Bradley University hosted the tournament.

On January 18-19, 2014, the Bronco forensics team will travel to Seward, Neb., for the 2014 Sleet and Snow Invitational.

HFO, Saturday, Janauary 11:

Buskirk
Semifinalist, Impromptu Speaking

Amanda Cargile, a senior from Devine, Texas
Semifinalist, Dramatic Interpretation

Tommy Hendrix, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.
Semifinalist, Prose Interpretation

HFO, Sunday, December 12:

Buskirk
3rd place, Impromptu Speaking

Klugesherz
1st place, Persuasive Speaking
4th place, Informative Speaking
Semifinalist, Program Oral Interpretation

Hendrix
Semifinalist, Dramatic Interpretation

The Hastings College forensics team has continued 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, Texas, and 18th at AFA 2011 in Kearney, Neb.

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