Forensics team strides into 2018 with Sleet and Snow Swing

The Hastings College forensics team started 2018 confidently and saw success at the Snow and Sleet Swing hosted by Bethel University and Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, January 13-14.

Hastings College placed first as a team the opening day, and finished the tournament with more than 10 individuals earning a place in the top three ranks for their respective events.

The Broncos travel next to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on January 20-21 for the UNL Conference Challenge.

Individual results from the Sleet and Snow Swing are listed below:

Saturday, January 13 Results

  • Jesse McCollum, a first-year student from Kansas City, Kansas, placed third in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Derek Monie, a first-year student from Arapahoe, Nebraska, placed eighth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a sophomore from Elko, Minnesota.
  • Alli Kennon, a sophomore from Elko, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation, third in Poetry Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Melissa Loney, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Communication Analysis.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a sophomore from Fremont, Nebraska, placed fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Jadah Morrison, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed second in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • ‪Andrew Boge, a senior from Johnston, Iowa, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and first in Impromptu Speaking.

Sunday, January 14 Results

  • ‪Jesse McCollum, a first-year student from Kansas City, Kansas, placed second in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Nathan Navratil, a sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and third in Prose Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a sophomore from Elko, Minnesota, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Poetry Interpretation
  • Melissa Loney, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.

‪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 64 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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