Forensics team wins Team Sweepstakes in first competition of spring semester

The Hastings Forensics team competed in the Nebraska in Kansas swing January 25-26 in Manhattan, Kansas. The tournament was co-hosted by Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Every member of the team who participated reached finals on Saturday, and everyone went home with a trophy to commemorate their success, with Hastings College coming in first in overall Team Sweepstakes for the weekend.

Sophomore Claire Nelson from Bagley, Minnesota, qualified Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking to nationals, the AFA-NIET, which will take place in April in Santa Ana, California.

The results from this past weekend are as follows.

January 25, 2020

  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed fifth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Claire Nelson, a sophomore from Bagley, Minnesota, placed first in Impromptu Speaking, second in Informative Speaking and second in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Communication Analysis.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed first in Persuasive Speaking and sixth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation and third in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota.
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, placed third in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed first in After Dinner Speaking and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.

The Hastings College Forensics team placed first in Team Sweepstakes for the day.

January 26, 2020

  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Claire Nelson, a sophomore from Bagley, Minnesota, placed first in Informative Speaking and first in Communication Analysis.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Sam Johnson, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and 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.
  • Melissa Loney, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed first in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.

The Hastings College Forensics Team placed second in Team Sweepstakes for the day and first in Overall Team Sweepstakes for the weekend.

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.

Nebraska’s premier private college, Hastings College is a four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. 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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