Forensics team competes at last in-state tournament of the year

The Hastings College Forensics Team had a successful experience at their last in-state tournament for the season at the Feline Frolic hosted by Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.

Junior Nathan Navratil qualified to the AFA-NIET in Impromptu Speaking and junior Melissa Loney qualified in Informative Speaking. To round out the tournament, the Broncos placed first in Team Sweepstakes on the second day of the tournament.

The results from the weekend are listed below.

Saturday, March 2

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a first-year student from Hastings, Nebraska, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year student from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking and sixth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Conner Taylor, a first-year student from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Prose Interpretation and sixth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed third in Prose Interpretation and second in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Informative Speaking.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in Impromptu Speaking.

Hastings College placed second in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

Sunday, March 3

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a first-year student from Hastings, Nebraska, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year student from Eagan, Minnesota, placed second in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Conner Taylor, a first-year student from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Prose Interpretation and fifth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed first in Prose Interpretation and first in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed first in Informative Speaking.

Hastings College 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 8th at AFA-NIET 2018.

Hastings College is a private, 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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