Forensics team sends everyone to finals at Monumental Swing

The Hastings College Broncos Forensics team had a successful weekend February 3-4 at the Monumental Swing, held at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, as every event the team brought made it to finals on both the first and second day.

The team is gaining momentum and qualified more events for the national tournament.

The forensics state tournament is Saturday, February 10. Hosted by the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association, the Broncos will travel with their full team to take on the competition.

Results from the Monumental Swing are below.

Saturday, February 3:

  • Samantha Burke, a first-year student from Denver, Colorado, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking, fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Derek Monie, a first-year student from Arapahoe, Nebraska, placed fourth in Communication Analysis and second in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Daniel Trevithick, a first-year student from Denver, Colorado, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking and second in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Jesse McCollum, a first-year student from Kansas City, Kansas, placed sixth in Prose Interpretation, and fourth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Melissa Loney, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, placed third in Impromptu Speaking and second in Communication Analysis.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a sophomore from Fremont, Nebraska, placed third in Communication Analysis and third in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Jadah Morrison, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fifth in Prose Interpretation and first in Dramatic Interpretation.

Hastings College placed second for the day.

Sunday, February 4:

  • Samantha Burke, a first-year student from Denver, Colorado, placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Derek Monie, a first-year student from Arapahoe, Nebraska, placed third in Communication Analysis and third in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Daniel Trevithick, a first-year student from Denver, Colorado, placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jesse McCollum, a first-year student from Kansas City, Kansas, placed sixth in Prose Interpretation and second in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Melissa Loney, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Communication Analysis and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a sophomore from Fremont, Nebraska, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and second in Communication Analysis.
  • Jadah Morrison, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fourth in Prose Interpretation and first in Dramatic Interpretation.

The team took third place overall 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 12th at AFA-NIET 2017.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, 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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