Klugesherz paces Broncos at first tourneys of 2015

Miranda Klugesherz, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, paced the Hastings College Bronco Forensics team at one of the top public speaking contests in the country.  On January 10 — the first day of the the Hell Froze Over Tournament held Peoria, Illinois — Klugesherz’s first place finish in Prose Interpretation helped the Broncos finish 10th overall. The Broncos then finished 13th on the tournament’s second day. More than 40 colleges and universities and 200 students participated in the tournament.

The Broncos stayed closer to home on January 17-18, 2015, to compete at the 2015 Sleet and Snow Invitational held in Seward, Nebraska. On both days, Hastings College finished 3rd and garnered 1st place overall for the weekend.

In addition to competing in individual public speaking events at the Sleet and Snow Invitational, several Hastings College students participated in parliamentary debate.

Results for both tournaments, including parliamentary debate, are as follows:


Hell Froze Over Tournament, co-hosted by Bradley University and the University of Texas-Austin

Saturday, January 10:

Klugesherz: 6th in Informative Speaking and 1st in Prose Interpretation*


Sunday, January 11:

Klugesherz: 6th in Informative Speaking and 3rd in Prose Interpretation


Sleet and Snow Invitational, co-hosted by Concordia University and Bethel University

Saturday, January 17:

Klugesherz: 1st in Persuasive Speaking

Tommy Hendrix, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska: 3rd in Poetry Interpretation and 3rd in Duo Interpretation with Edwards 

Teal Timperley, a junior from Lynch, Nebraska: 4th in Program Oral Interpretation 

Eunice Adounkpe, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska: 4th in Poetry Interpretation 

Trischia Rueckert, a junior from Beloit, Kansas: 6th in Impromptu Speaking and 7th in Extemporaneous Speaking 

Laurel Teal, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado: 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking

Kathryn Edwards, a sophomore from Louisville, Nebraska: 5th in Impromptu speaking and 3rd in Duo Interpretation with Hendrix

Mandie Cox, a sophomore from Blue Hill, Nebraska: 6th in Prose Interpretation

Micala Burns, a freshman from Bloomington, Minnesota: 6th in Poetry Interpretation 

Sunday, January 18:

Klugesherz: 2nd in Persuasive Speaking

Hendrix: 2nd in Poetry Interpretation

Corbin Henk, a junior from Doniphan, Nebraska: 3rd in Impromptu Speaking and 3rd in Communication Analysis

Eunice Adounkpe, a junior from Omaha, Nebraska: 1st in Poetry Interpretation

Rueckert: 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Persuasive Speaking, and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking

Parliamentary Debate

Sierra Walker, a senior from Gering, Nebraska, and Jess Ayers, a junior from Newcastle, Wyoming: 2nd in Parliamentary Debate — Varsity.

Ayers: 4th place speaker, Open Division

Laurel Teal, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado: 1st place speaker, Parliamentary Debate – Junior Varsity and 6th place speaker, Open Division

*This event has qualified for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

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