Forensics team finds success in Kansas, qualifying more events to nationals

The Hastings Forensics team competed in the Border Wars Swing in Salina, Kansas, February 1-2. The tournament was hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University and Texas Christian University.

Senior Melissa Loney from Omaha, Nebraska; senior Jadah Morrison, from Chaska, Minnesota; and sophomore Claire Nelson, from Bagley, Minnesota; qualified events to nationals, the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament in April.

The results from this past weekend are as follows.

February 1, 2020

  • Claire Nelson, a sophomore from Bagley, Minnesota, placed first in Communication Analysis and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in After Dinner Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed second in Prose Interpretation.

February 2, 2020

  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking.

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 9th at AFA-NIET 2019.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad Pro and a two-week study abroad experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at https://hastings.edu.

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