At the 2015 Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) State Tournament, the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team placed first in Division II. With Hastings College and three other Nebraska institutions all perennial top 20 finishers at the national forensics tournament, the NIFA tournament, held this year on February 14 in Seward, Nebraska, is one of the most competitive tournaments in the country.
Additionally, Tommy Hendrix, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, received the Spirit of NIFA Award. The award is given to two students each year across the state who show leadership, kindness and compassion to others. Last year, Miranda Klugesherz, now a senior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, earned the award.
Full results follow.
On February 21-22, 2015, the team hosts its own tournament – the 2015 Bronco Bash Alumni Swing.
2015 NIFA State Tournament
Saturday, February 14:
Klugesherz: 3rd place, Informative Speaking; 4th place, Prose Interpretation
Hendrix: 1st place, Dramatic Interpretation; 4th place, Poetry Interpretation
Trischia Rueckert, a junior from Beloit, Kansas: 6th place, Communication Analysis
Laurel Teal, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado: 6th place, Impromptu Speaking