Hastings College Forensics wins championship at national tournament

Two members of the Hastings College Forensics team traveled to Santa Ana, California, for the National Forensics Association (NFA) National Tournament April 18-22 and brought back a championship for the team in the Presidents III Division and a national title in Prose Interpretation.

A photo of Alli Kennon and Carly Spotts-Falzone with trophies.
Alli Kennon (left) and Carly Spotts-Falzone following the National Forensics Association (NFA) National Tournament.

This is the second year in a row the team brought home a championship from the NFA National Tournament — and follows the team’s 9th place finish at this year’s American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

The duo who traveled to Santa Ana were senior Carly-Spotts Falzone and junior Alli Kennon. Spotts-Falzone got 11th in Individual Sweepstakes and Kennon won a national title in Prose Interpretation. The two broke 9 of their 10 events to out-rounds.

The breaks to out-rounds are below.

  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, made it to octa-finals in Dramatic Interpretation, quarter-finals in Communication Analysis and Duo with Spotts-Falzone, and got 1st in Prose Interpretation.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, made it to octa-finals in Prose Interpretation, quarter-finals in Dramatic Interpretation and Duo with Kennon, and semi-finals in Program Oral Interpretation, Informative Speaking and Poetry.

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 ten years. Hastings College placed 9th at AFA-NIET 2019.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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