Klugesherz first Bronco qualified for 2014 national forensics meet

Miranda Klugesherz, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., is the first Hastings College Bronco Forensics team to qualify for the 2014 American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). Her first place finish at the Sunflower Swing at Bethel College on Saturday, October 12 earned her the honor.

Overall, Hastings College finished fourth on the first day of the two-day event and sixth overall. The individual results are below.

Next weekend while most Hastings College students will enjoy Fall Break, the Bronco Forensics team will travel to Mankato, Minn., to compete at Minnesota State University.

Saturday, October 12 – Sunflower Swing at Bethel College (Kans.):

Sierra Walker, a junior from Gering, Neb.                     

6th place, After Dinner Speaking

6th place, Extemporaneous Speaking

Jess Ayers, a junior from Newcastle, Wyo.                   

4th place, Extemporaneous Speaking


1st place, Persuasion*

5th place, Program Oral Interpretation

Teal Timperly, a sophomore from Lynch, Neb.             

3rd place, Informative Speaking

Tommy Hendrix, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.       

5th place, Dramatic Interpretation

Sunday, October 13 – Sunflower Swing at Sterling College (Kans.):


5th place, After Dinner Speaking


2nd place, Program Oral Interpretation

3rd place, Prose Interpretation


6th place, Impromptu Speaking

The Hastings College Bronco 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, including 18th at AFA 2013 in Hutchinson, Kans., and 16th at AFA 2012 in San Marcos, Texas.

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.

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