Forensics team qualifies four more events to nationals

The Hastings College Forensics team traveled to Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, for the Feline Frolic tournament February 8-9. The team placed second on the first day and placed third on day two.

Team members qualified four events to the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament in April, including senior Nathan Navratil, from Lino Lakes, Minnesota; sophomore Chloe Carson from Eagan, Minnesota; sophomore Sam Johnson, from Hastings, Nebraska; and first-year student Natalie Watson from Franklin, Tennessee.

The results from the weekend are below.

February 8, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed third in Impromptu Speaking, third in Extemporaneous Speaking, and sixth in Communication Analysis.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed first in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming placed second in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

The team placed second in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

February 9, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, placed third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed third in Informative Speaking, sixth in Impromptu Speaking, third in Extemporaneous Speaking, and fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed second in Impromptu Speaking and third in Prose Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming placed second in Prose Interpretation and fourth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and second in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

The team placed third 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 9th at AFA-NIET 2019.

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