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.