Forensics team wins donation to help campus food pantry

For the Battle for the Capital Swing, the Hastings College Forensics team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, February 29-March 1. The swing was hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Nebraska–Omaha.

The Hastings College team qualified four more events to the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET): Senior Melissa Loney qualified Communication Analysis, junior Courtney Hanson qualified Program Oral Interpretation, and sophomore Sam Johnson qualified Communication Analysis and Impromptu Speaking.

The team placed second in Team Sweepstakes on day two, which allowed it to receive a prize that featured a donation to the Hastings College on-campus food pantry, Crimson Cupboard, from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

All members of the team have at least one event qualified for the AFA-NIET in Santa Ana, California, in April.

The results from this past weekend are as follows.

February 29, 2020
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed second in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed second in Communication Analysis and third in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed third in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a senior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Duo Interpretation with Natalie Watson, a first-year from Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed first in Communication Analysis.

Hastings College placed third in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

March 1, 2020
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year from Franklin, Tennessee, placed third in Program Oral Interpretation and first in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed fourth in Communication Analysis.
  • Elizabeth Hansen, a senior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Duo Interpretation with Natalie Watson, a first-year from Franklin, Tennessee, and third in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed first in Communication Analysis.

Hastings College placed second 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.

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 hastings.edu.

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