The Hastings College Forensics Team had the privilege to celebrate October 20-21 with alumni at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for the Sunflower Swing. Alumnus Prose Interpretation national champion, Paige Erickson, made an appearance, along with All-American alumni Miranda Klugesherz and Corey Reutlinger.
The results from the weekend are as follows.
- Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
- Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed sixth in Communication Analysis.
- Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Communication Analysis, and second in Prose Interpretation.
- Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and fourth in Informative Speaking.
The Hastings College Forensics team placed third in team sweepstakes amongst larger schools like Arizona State University and the University of Alabama.
October 21 results
- Claire Nelson, a first-year from Bagley, Minnesota, placed sixth in Dramatic Interpretation.
- Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Informative Speaking and fifth in Communication Analysis.
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.