Hastings College Forensics hosts first virtual tournament

For the first time ever, the Hastings College Forensics team hosted their home tournament, the Broncolope, virtually. The team hosted the event with the University of Nebraska–Kearney both asynchronously and synchronously November 13-14.

The Hastings College team placed second in team sweepstakes in the synchronous portion of the tournament and qualified two more events to the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (AFA-NST) that will be held virtually in April.

Senior Isaabella Munoz qualified Poetry Interpretation and first-year student Ally Banks qualified After Dinner Speaking.

The results from the weekend are below.

November 13, 2020

  • Ally Banks, a first-year student from Shawnee, Kansas, placed second in After Dinner Speaking and second in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed first in Duo Interpretation with senior Courtney Hanson and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a senior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with sophomore Nikki DeSeriere.

November 14, 2020

  • Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, was awarded top novice and placed fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Brooklyn Elwood, a first-year student from Sutherland, Nebraska, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Mae Heater, a first-year student from Bennington, Nebraska, was awarded top novice and placed fourth in After Dinner Speaking and was awarded top novice and placed sixth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed second in Duo Interpretation with senior Courtney Hanson.
  • Sam Johnson, a junior from Hastings, Nebraska, placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Sam Burke, a senior from Denver, Colorado, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Informative Speaking.
  • Courtney Hanson, a senior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with sophomore Nikki DeSeriere.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a senior from Worland, Wyoming, placed first in Poetry Interpretation.

The Forensics team 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 Speech Tournament (AFA-NST) for many of the past 10 years. Most recently, Hastings College placed 9th at AFA-NST 2019.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away 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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