Every member of forensics team places at first tournament of season

At the first tournament of the season, the Hastings College Forensics Team placed first as a team both days at the CornsTALK swing hosted by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, on September 28 and 29.

The team secured 63 percent of the top placings at the tournament and all team members returned home with at least one award.

The results from both days are below.

September 28, 2019
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed second in Informative Speaking and third in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed fourth in Poetry Interpretation and fourth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Kole Gieseke, a first-year student from Park Rapids, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Informative Speaking.
  • Claire Nelson, a sophomore from Bagley, Minnesota, placed second in After Dinner Speaking, second in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed third in Informative Speaking and fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed second in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, second in Duo Interpretation with Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, third in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed second in Poetry Interpretation, second in Extemporaneous Speaking and third in Informative Speaking.
  • Isaabella Muñoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and third in Prose Interpretation.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a senior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed second in Impromptu Speaking and second in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, first in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Persuasive Speaking and first in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in After Dinner Speaking and second in Prose Interpretation.

The Hastings College team placed first in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

September 29, 2019
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed second in Informative Speaking and second in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year from Westminster, Colorado, placed second in Poetry Interpretation and fourth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Kole Gieseke, a first-year from Park Rapids, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Informative Speaking.
  • Claire Nelson, a sophomore from Bagley, Minnesota, placed first in Impromptu Speaking, third in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed second in Communication Analysis, fifth in Informative Speaking and fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in After Dinner Speaking, first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, and second in Duo Interpretation with Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed third in Poetry Interpretation, fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in Informative Speaking.
  • Isaabella Muñoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a senior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed third in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Persuasive Speaking, second in Prose Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in After Dinner Speaking and third in Prose Interpretation.

The Hastings College team placed first in Team Sweepstakes.

The Hastings College forensics team continues 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 many of the past ten years. Most recently, Hastings College placed 9th at AFA-NIET 2019.

Nebraska’s premier private college, Hastings College is a four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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