Forensics celebrates biggest Bronco Bash Swing, winning team sweepstakes

The Hastings College Forensics team held a successful home tournament, the Bronco Bash Swing, February 22-23, in the Morrison-Reeves Science Center.

This year’s Bronco Bash, hosted in conjunction with Hastings College Forensics alumni Darren Epping ‘04, was the largest home tournament the team has held in four years, with more than 130 competitors and coaches attending.

The Hastings College team was named champion in the team sweepstakes on February 23, and qualified four more events to the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament.

First-year student Nikki DeSeriere qualified Poetry Interpretation, junior Isaabella Munoz qualified Poetry Interpretation, senior Melissa Loney qualified Impromptu Speaking and seniors Alli Kennon and Nathan Navratil qualified Duo Interpretation.

The results for the Bronco Bash are below.

February 23, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Impromptu Speaking, and third in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
    Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Impromptu Speaking and second in Communication Analysis.

The team placed third in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

February 24, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year from Westminster, Colorado, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year from Franklin, Tennessee, placed fifth in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Impromptu Speaking, and third in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and first in Communication Analysis.
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Impromptu Speaking and second in Communication Analysis.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fifth in Duo Interpretation with Natalie Watson, a first-year from Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

The team placed first in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

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.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad Pro and a two-week study abroad experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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