Hastings College Forensics qualifies 41 events to nationals

The Hastings College Forensics team qualified its 41st event to the national tournament March 6 during the synchronous Joel Hefling District 4 Spring Tournament. The team also competed asynchronously last week at the Cider Frostbite tournament and won team sweepstakes for the day. Both tournaments were hosted by South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

In these last tournaments before the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (AFA-NST) that will be held virtually April 1-5, the team qualified six more events.

Senior Isaabella Robbins from Worland, Wyoming, qualified Informative Speaking, and junior Chloe Carson from Eagan, Minnesota, qualified Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation with first-year student Jacob Stulken from Doniphan, Nebraska. Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, qualified Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, and Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, qualified Extemporaneous Speaking.

In preparation for the AFA-NST, the team will hold a Night Before Nationals showcase. The showcase will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook via the Hastings College Facebook page, facebook.com/hastings.edu.

Results from the past week are below.

Cider Frostbite
March 5, 2021

  • Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and third in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, placed third in Duo Interpretation with junior Chloe Carson.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation and third in Duo Interpretation with first-year student Jacob Stulken.
  • Isaabella Robbins, a senior from Worland, Wyoming, placed third in Informative Speaking.

The team placed first in team sweepstakes for the day.

Joel Hefling District 4 Spring Tournament
March 6, 2021

  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, placed second in Duo Interpretation with junior Chloe Carson.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with first-year student Jacob Stulken.

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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