Hastings College Bronco Forensics kicks of 2013-2014 season

The Hastings College Bronco Forensics team won several awards this past weekend in Hutchinson, Kans., and Sterling, Colo., at the 2013 Debates on a Plain tournament. The team took fifth overall, beating Doane College, which finished 12th at 2013 American Forensics Association (AFA) tournament, and University of Nebraska-Omaha, which finished 5th at the 2013 AFA tournament.

Next week, half of the Bronco forensics team will travel to North Newton, Kans. for the Sunflower Sooner, and the other half will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the Conference Challenge to defend the title of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Champions.

Debates on a Plain, September 28:

Jared Buskirk, a senior from Holdrege, Neb.                        

1st place, Extemporaneous

1st place, After Dinner Speaking

4th place, Impromptu

Miranda Klugesherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo. 

1st place, Persuasion

4th place, Program of Oral Interpretation

Jessica Ayers, a junior from Newcastle, Wyo.                     

semi-finalist, Impromptu

Debates on a Plain, September 29:


1st place, Impromptu

3rd place, After Dinner Speaking

4th place, Extemporaneous

Sierra Walker, a junior from Gering, Neb.                             

3rd place, Impromptu

5th place, Extemporaneous


3rd place, Persuasion

The Hastings College forensics team has continued 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 most of the past ten years, including 16th at AFA 2012 in San Marcos, Texas, and 18th at AFA 2011 in Kearney, Neb.

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.

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