Hastings College Forensics team competes at final tournaments of fall semester

The Hastings College Forensics team competed at the first two tournaments for the Online Asynchronous Tournament Series (OATS) December 7-11 and 14-18. The first tournament was hosted by Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and the second by Hastings College and SMSU.

There will be seven OATS competitions hosted throughout the 2020-21 season.

The team placed third in team sweepstakes at the first OATS, fourth at the second and qualified another event to the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (AFA-NST) that will be held virtually in April. First-year student Ally Banks from Shawnee, Kansas, qualified Poetry Interpretation.

The results from the previous weeks are below.

December 11, 2020

  • Ally Banks, a first-year student from Shawnee, Kansas, placed first in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Brendan Kachnowski, a junior from Rock Springs, Wyoming, placed sixth in Dramatic Interpretation.

The team placed third in team sweepstakes.

December 18, 2020

  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Brendan Kachnowski, a junior from Rock Springs, Wyoming, placed fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a senior from Worland, Wyoming, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation.

The team placed fourth in team sweepstakes.

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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