Forensics team competes in last tournaments of regular season

While preparing for the final tournaments of the season, the Hastings College Forensics team hosted the asynchronous and synchronous Bronco Bash Tournament February 16-20. The synchronous portion of the tournament was run with the help of alumni of the team.

The team also competed asynchronously at the sixth OATS hosted by Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, February 23-26, and synchronously for The Good Life Tournament hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Omaha on February 27.

The team found many successes in the weeks and qualified two new events to the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (AFA-NST) that will be held virtually April 1-4. Junior Chloe Carson from Eagan, Minnesota, qualified Impromptu Speaking, and sophomore Nikki DeSeriere from Westminster, Colorado, qualified Dramatic Interpretation.

The results from the tournaments are below.

Bronco Bash Tournament
February 19, 2021

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

February 20, 2021

  • Victoria Caplinger, a first-year student from Effingham, Kansas, received top novice and placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and received top novice and placed third in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jacob Stulken, a first-year student from Doniphan, Nebraska, received top novice and placed fourth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Impromptu Speaking.

OATS 6
February 26, 2021

  • Jeremiah Cox, a first-year student from Chaska, Minnesota, placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Chloe Carson, a junior from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.

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.

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