Forensics team begins spring semester winning team sweepstakes, earning bids to nationals

The Hastings College Forensics Team had a successful weekend January 26-27 by traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Kansas in Nebraska Swing, hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Kansas State University.

The Broncos brought home three more qualifications to the American Forensics Association national tournament in April. Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, qualified her Program Oral Interpretation and Prose Interpretation, and Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, qualified her Prose Interpretation.

The team also earned the Overall Team Sweepstakes champions for the weekend.

The team will travel February 2-3 to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to compete in the Monument Swing hosted by Western Nebraska Community College.

The results from this past weekend are below.

January 26, 2019

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed first in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, first in Program Oral Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking and first in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed third in Prose Interpretation.

January 27, 2019

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking and third in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year student from Eagan, Minnesota, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking and seventh in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Conner Taylor, a first-year student from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Dramatic Interpretation and fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Sam Johnson, a first-year student from Hastings, Nebraska, placed first in Impromptu Speaking and second in Communication Analysis.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed third in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed third in Prose Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking and first in Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation.

Hastings College received first place in Team Sweeps for the day and placed first for the weekend in Overall Team Sweeps.

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 8th at AFA-NIET 2018.

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