The Hastings College Forensics (speech) team is a co-curricular activity grounded in education. The goal of the coaching staff is to provide each student with the resources and feedback needed to become an accomplished speaker. The coaches at Hastings College believe successful competition and trophies are the result of a strong educational philosophy. The coaches also support a fun social atmosphere.

We’ve had a long tradition of success in forensics. It is this tradition that has been recognized throughout the district and nation. In fact, on June 9, 1920, Hastings College became one of the first colleges in the nation to become a member of Pi Kappa Delta, the national forensics fraternity!

Scholarships and more

The Hastings College Forensics Team is based in the Kiewit Building on campus. Stop by and see us, or contact Jordan Johnson, director of forensics, at, or Dr. Austin McDonald, assistant director of forensics, at

Hastings College Forensics scholarships are available for participants! You can complete our scholarship interest form and we will get in touch with you. For best consideration apply by February 15.

Recent success

Hastings College was 11th in the nation in 2022, and 9th in the nation at both the 2019 and 2021 American Forensics Association (AFA) National Speech Tournament. Check out our history and nationals page.

Our mission

To continue the traditions of Hastings College Forensics by producing accomplished speakers who enrich communities using their voices.