Hastings Forensics team begins season with team sweepstakes awards

The Hastings Forensics Team traveled to its first tournament of the season September 29-30 at Doane University Coffee and Tea Swing in Crete, Nebraska.

Senior Carly Spotts-Falzone took home the first place trophy in Individual Sweepstakes awards, along with first-place finishes in her four respective events. The team had a strong showing, placing second in Team Sweepstakes the first day of the swing and third on the second day of the swing.

The team is set to travel to South Dakota State University to compete in the Jack Rabbit Swing on October 6-7.

Results from the Coffee and Tea Swing are below.

September 29 results

  • Samantha Burke, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Prose Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking and fifth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed second in Informative Speaking and third in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fifth in Communication Analysis and seventh in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota and fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, first in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a Junior from Chaska, Minnesota, second in Communication Analysis and third overall in Individual Sweepstakes.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Informative Speaking, first in Poetry Interpretation, first in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Program Oral Interpretation and first overall in Individual Sweepstakes.

Hastings College placed second in Team Sweepstakes.

September 30 results

  • Chloe Carson, a first-year from Eagan, Minnesota, placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Courtney Hanson, a sophomore from Brookings, South Dakota, placed first in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.
  • Nathan Navratil, a junior from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, placed fifth in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Melissa Loney, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, placed fourth in Communication Analysis and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Jadah Morrison, a junior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Duo Interpretation with Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, and sixth in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Alli Kennon, a junior from Lakeville, Minnesota, placed first in Prose Interpretation, first in Duo Interpretation with Jadah Morrison, a Junior from Chaska, Minnesota, third in Dramatic Interpretation, fifth in Communication Analysis and third overall in Individual Sweepstakes.
  • Carly Spotts-Falzone, a senior from Wayzata, Minnesota, placed first in Program Oral Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation and fourth in Poetry Interpretation.

Hastings College took third place 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 Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) for many of the past ten years. Most recently, Hastings College placed 8th at AFA-NIET 2018.

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