Forensics team continues success, first-year students awarded Top Novice

The Hastings College Forensics team ‘spooked’ away the competition at the Halloween Swing Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, October 26-27.

The team placed third overall, with senior Alli Kennon winning second in individual sweepstakes for the overall tournament.

Junior Isaabella Munoz qualified for nationals in Program Oral Interpretation, senior Nathan Navratil qualified in After Dinner Speaking and senior Alli Kennon qualified in Communication Analysis.

The results from both days are below.

October 26, 2019

  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed sixth and won Top Novice in Informative Speaking and won Top Novice in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed third and won Top Novice in After Dinner Speaking and fourth and won Top Novice in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed fourth in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, and second in Prose Interpretation.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming, placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and fourth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed third in Communication Analysis, second in Dramatic Interpretation, and fourth 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 sixth in Prose Interpretation.

The team placed third in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

October 27, 2019

  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed third and won Top Novice in Program Oral Interpretation and won top novice in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed third and won Top Novice in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Victoria Hofmann, a first-year student from Sutton, Nebraska placed seventh in Informative Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska placed fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Informative Speaking.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed second in Communication Analysis, first in Persuasive Speaking, first in Prose Interpretation, and placed second in Individual Sweepstakes for the day and the overall tournament.

The team placed second in Team Sweepstakes for the day and third for the overall tournament.

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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