Forensics team wins three championships at state tournament

The Hastings College Forensics team placed third in D1 Team Sweepstakes at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association State tournament (NIFA) in Omaha, Nebraska. NIFA was hosted by the University of Nebraska–Omaha on February 15.

forensicsSenior Nathan Navratil was the champion in Prose Interpretation and took home third place in the Pentathlon Individual Sweepstakes. Senior Alli Kennon was the champion in Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation with junior Courtney Hanson, defending the title of Duo Interpretation that has been won by Hastings College for the past four years. Kennon also placed second in Interstate Oratory, qualifying to the Interstate Oratorical National Contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in April.

Seniors Jadah Morrison, Elizabeth Hansen, Melissa Loney, Nathan Navratil and Alli Kennon were all honored with senior goodbye gifts.

The Hastings College Forensics team will host their annual Bronco Bash tournament this weekend (February 22-23), out of the Morrison-Reeves Science Center. The tournament will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day and is free and open to the public.

The results from this past weekend are as follows.

February 15, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a first-year student from Westminster, Colorado, was the Top Novice in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Natalie Watson, a first-year student from Franklin, Tennessee, was the Top Novice in Informative Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a sophomore from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a junior from Worland, Wyoming, placed fifth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a junior from Denver, Colorado, placed sixth in Informative Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, was the State Champion in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, and placed fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fourth in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, was the state champion in Prose Interpretation, placed second in Poetry Interpretation, fourth in After Dinner Speaking, fourth in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota, and fifth in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota. Navratil placed third in Pentathlon Individual Sweepstakes,
  • Alli Kennon, a senior from Spicer, Minnesota, was the state champion in Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation with Courtney Hanson, a junior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed second in Interstate Oratory, second in Prose Interpretation, third in Communication Analysis and fifth in Duo Interpretation with Nathan Navratil, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Kennon placed second in Pentathlon Individual Sweepstakes.

The team placed third in D1 Team Sweepstakes for the State Tournament.

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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