Forensics Team continues successful season

The Hastings Forensics Team sent two groups to tournaments in early November. One group attended the LE Norton in Peoria, Illinois, hosted by Bradley University, while another squad competed in the Harvest Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The LE Norton group placed fifth amongst top-ranked schools such as Wiley College, University of Alabama, George Mason University and the University of Nebraska–Omaha, while senior Carly Spotts-Falzone placed first in Individual Sweepstakes.

At the Harvest Festival event, first-year student Chloe Carson secured her first qualification to the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) through placing first in Dramatic Interpretation.

The Forensics Team invites all observers to join the team on campus November 17 and 18 for the home BroncoLope tournament hosted by Hastings College and the University of Nebraska–Kearney. Competitions are both Saturday and Sunday, hosted mostly out of Morrison-Reeves Science Center. All rounds will be posted in Morrison-Reeves and the tournament will run primarily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tournament’s theme will be Classic and Modern Fairytales run by junior Nathan Navratil from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

Results from the early November tournament are listed below:

November 2

  • Conner Taylor, a first-year from Omaha, Nebraska, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Claire Nelson, a first-year from Bagley, Minnesota, placed third in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed sixth in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a junior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed fourth in After Dinner Speaking.

November 3

Harvest Festival Results

  • Conner Taylor, a first-year from Omaha, Nebraska, placed third in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Claire Nelson, a first-year from Bagley, Minnesota, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year from Eagan, Minnesota, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed seventh in Prose Interpretation and fifth in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a junior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed sixth Informative Speaking and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.

LE Norton Results

  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed second in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed fourth in Communication Analysis and second in Duo Interpretation with Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation, third in Informative Speaking, fifth in Poetry Interpretation, and first in Individual Sweepstakes.

The LE Nortan team took fifth in Individual Sweepstakes.

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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