Arizona tournament yields second place finish for Bronco Forensics

On October 26 — the first day of the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Preview Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. — a contingent from the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team finished second. Jared Buskirk, a senior from Holdrege, Neb., finished second in After Dinner Speaking while Miranda Klugsherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo, took second in Persuasion Speaking.

Meanwhile, many of their teammates competed in Crete, Neb., at the 2013 Halloween Swing co-hosted by University of Nebraska-Omaha and Doane College. First place finishes at the event held on October 26-27 from Jose Jimenez, a senior from Lexington, Neb.; Sierra Walker, a senior from Gering, Neb.; and Aaron Pierce, a sophomore from Cozad, Neb., boosted the team to a fifth place finish as did a first place finish in Program of Oral Interpretation-Novice Division by first year student Eunice Adounkpe from Omaha, Neb.

Individual results are listed below.

Over the first weekend in November, the Bronco forensics team will split to compete concurrently at 2013 Dragon/Loper co-hosted by Hutchinson Community College and University of Nebraska- Kearney and the 65th Annual L.E. Norton hosted by Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Saturday, October 26 – 2013 Halloween Swing hosted by UNO:

Jose Jimenez, a senior from Lexington, Neb.

5th place, Poetry Interpretation

4th place, Dramatic Interpretation

1st place, Prose Interpretation*

Sierra Walker, a junior from Gering, Neb.

1st place, Impromptu Speaking

5th place, After Dinner Speaking

Tommy Hendrix, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.

3rd place, Dramatic Interpretation

Aaron Pierce, a sophomore from Cozad, Neb.

2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking


Sunday, October 27 – 2013 Halloween Swing hosted by Doane College:


4th place, Poetry Interpretation

Amanda Cargile, a senior from Devine, Texas

6th place, Dramatic Interpretation


2nd place, Dramatic Interpretation*


1st place, Impromptu Speaking


Saturday, October 26 – AFA-NIE Preview Tournament hosted by Arizona State University:

Jared Buskirk, a senior from Holdrege, Neb.

2nd place, After Dinner Speaking

5th place, Extemporaneous Speaking

Miranda Klugesherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo.

2nd place, Persuasion Speaking

4th place, Program Oral Interpretation


Sunday, October 27 – AFA-NIE Preview Tournament hosted by Western Kentucky University:


2nd place, Impromptu Speaking

6th place, After Dinner Speaking


3rd place, Persuasion Speaking

7th place, Program Oral Interpretation

*Indicates this event has qualified for the national tournament.

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.

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been 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 for more.


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