Bronco Forensics finishes 15th at national tournament

At the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in Gainesville, Florida, the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team finished 15th out of more than 80 colleges and universities across the country that compete at the tournament. 

Carly Spotts-Falzone of Wayzata, Minnesota, finished third in program of oral interpretation. Eunice Adounkpe of Omaha, Nebraska, was a semifinalist in program of oral interpretation and quarter finalist in prose, and Trischia Rueckert of Beloit, Kansas, was a quarter finalist in persuasion.

Students who qualified for nationals include:

First Year Competitors

  • Dianna Rulon of Arcadia, Indiana – Extemporaneous speaking and communication analysis
  • Cami Sharratt of Savage, Minnesota – Prose and drama
  • Austin Heinlein of Hutchison, Kansas – Impromptu, drama, communication analysis
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone of Wayzata, Minnesota – Prose, informative, program oral interpretation, drama and poetry

Second Year Competitors

  • Caleb Merritt of Brookings, South Dakota – Prose, duo, program of oral interpretation, drama, poetry
  • Andrew Boge of Johnston, Iowa – Prose, informative, duo, extemporaneous, communication analysis
  • Kenzie Shofner of Maple Plain, Minnesota – Prose, impromptu, duo, persuasion, communication analysis, poetry

Third Year Competitor

  • Eunice Adounkpe of Omaha, Nebraska – Prose, program of oral interpretation, drama

Fourth Year Competitor

  • Trischia Rueckert of Beloit, Kansas – Impromptu, informative, persuasion, extemporaneous, communication analysis

The national competition marks the end of great run for the forensics teams this year, which included a first place finish in its division at the state tournament.

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