Forensics team wins tournament in landslide

The Hastings College Forensics Team traveled to Brookings, South Dakota, October 6 and 7 for the Jackrabbit Swing hosted by South Dakota State University. The Broncos saw much success, with Carly Spotts-Falzone taking first in Individual Sweepstakes, Alli Kennon taking second in Individual Sweepstakes and Sam Burke taking third in Individual Sweepstakes — and the team winning the tournament by a landslide.

The results from both days are as follows.

October 6 results:

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking and sixth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year student from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed second in Persuasive Speaking, third in Extemporaneous Speaking, third in Prose Interpretation and third in Individual Sweepstakes.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed second in After Dinner Speaking, third in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed second in Communication Analysis, third in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Informative Speaking.
  • Elizabeth Hanson, a junior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, third in Communication Analysis, third in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Individual Sweepstakes.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed third in Informative Speaking, second in Poetry Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Program Oral Interpretation and first overall in Individual Sweepstakes.

Hastings College placed first in the Team Sweepstakes.

October 7 results:

  • Claire Nelson, a first-year student from Bagley, Minnesota, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Conner Taylor, a first-year student from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Chloe Carson, a first-year student from Eagan, Minnesota placed first in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Sam Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed sixth in Persuasive Speaking, seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking and third in Individual Sweepstakes.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed second in Prose Interpretation, third in After Dinner Speaking and third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed first in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed third in Communication Analysis, third in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Informative Speaking.
  • Elizabeth Hanson, a junior from Fremont, Nebraska, placed first in Impromptu Speaking and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed third in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, second in Communication Analysis and third in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Informative Speaking, second in Poetry Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Program Oral Interpretation and first overall in Individual Sweepstakes.

Hastings College won the 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 10 years. Most recently, Hastings College placed eighth at AFA-NIET 2018.

Hastings College is a private, 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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