Hastings College Forensics team competes in first tournaments, navigating new online formats

The Hastings College Forensics team started the season by splitting its team members between two tournaments. Students competed at Western Kentucky University and Tulsa Community College virtually through an asynchronous format.

The team found many successes throughout the weekend, with every student at the Tulsa tournament breaking on the second day of competition, while the group at Western Kentucky University placing fourth overall with only four Hastings College students competing.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the forensics team is competing virtually throughout the year. Students will compete in synchronous and asynchronous formats. During a synchronous tournament, students perform live through a video streaming service. For asynchronous tournaments, students send in videos that are judged throughout the week.

The results for last weekend are below.

Tulsa Community College Results

September 26, 2020

  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Persuasive Speaking.
  • Mae Heater, a first-year student from Bennington, Nebraska, placed third in After Dinner Speaking and sixth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, placed first in After Dinner Speaking and fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Kiante Stuart, a sophomore from Nassau, The Bahamas, placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking and second in duo with junior Chloe Carson.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed second in Duo Interpretation with sophomore Kiante Stuart and first in Prose Interpretation.
  • Brendan Kachnowski, a junior from Rock Springs, Wyoming, placed first in Duo Interpretation with senior Isaabella Munoz and first in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a senior from Worland, Wyoming, placed fourth in Informative Speaking, first in Duo Interpretation with junior Brendan Kachnowski and second in Poetry Interpretation.

The Hastings College team placed first for team sweepstakes on day one.

September 27, 2020

  • Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, placed seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed third in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Mae Heater, a first-year student from Bennington, Nebraska, placed fourth in After Dinner Speaking and fifth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, placed first in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Kiante Stuart, a sophomore from Nassau, The Bahamas, placed first in Persuasive Speaking and second in Duo Interpretation.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed first in Impromptu Speaking, second in Duo Interpretation and third in Prose Interpretation. She also took third in individual sweepstakes.
  • Brendan Kachnowski, a junior from Rock Springs, Wyoming, placed first in Duo Interpretation with senior Isaabella Munoz and first in Program Oral Interpretation. He also took second in individual sweepstakes.
  • Isaabella Munoz, a senior from Worland, Wyoming, placed third in Informative Speaking, first in Duo Interpretation with junior Brendan Kachnowki and second in Poetry Interpretation. She also placed first in individual sweepstakes.

Hastings College placed first in team sweepstakes for the day and overall for the weekend.

Western Kentucky University Results

September 27, 2020

  • Nikki DeSeriere, a sophomore from Westminster, Colorado, placed second in Duo Interpretation with senior Courtney Hanson and fifth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Natalie Watson, a sophomore from Franklin, Tennessee, placed sixth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a senior from Brookings, South Dakota, placed fifth in Communication Analysis and second in Duo Interpretation with sophomore Nikki DeSeriere.

Hastings College placed fourth in team sweepstakes for the day with only four competing members.

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 9th at AFA-NIET 2019.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. 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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