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Doane College forensics team places 19th in country

Doane College placed 19th at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) April 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Seventy-eight colleges and universities from across the country attended the tournament, and there were no divisions based on school size. 

Doane was the only liberal arts college from Nebraska to place, and was the second-highest ranked liberal arts college overall (behind Gustavus Aldophus College).

Each year, the top 20 teams at the AFA-NIET receive sweepstakes trophies.  

It is an honor to be recognized in this category. Less than 10 percent of all students who compete in college forensics ever qualify for this national tournament. 

Jordan Johnson of Grant (first-year student) participated in after dinner speaking, impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking.

Wallace student in play at UNK

“Rabbit Hole,” a Pulitzer  Prize winning play, will open Wednesday, April 21, on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

Directed by Jack Garrison, “Rabbit Hole” explores different ways in which people deal with grief, both individually and as families. 

The play tells the story of Becca and Howie, a couple trying to recover from the accidental death of their four-year-old son. “Rabbit Hole” reveals their search for comfort and for a path that will lead them back to the light of day.

Taylor Franzen of Wallace, a freshman at UNK will play the part of Izzy

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 21-24, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. All performances will take place in the Miriam Drake Theatre located in the UNK Fine Arts Building. 

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, UNK faculty/staff and non-UNK students; $3 each for a group of 10 or more; and free for UNK students with a valid ID. 

Reservations can be made by contacting the UNK box office at 308.865.8417 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

Wallace student selected to 

perform in collegiate flute choir

A University of Nebraska at Kearney flute student has been selected to perform with the collegiate flute choir at the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, Calif., in August. 

Brooke Harris, a UNK music education and music performance major from Dickens, was recently notified of her selection. 

Harris is a student of Franziska Nabb, a lecturer in the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts. Harris, who has played flute for 10 years, is a member of the UNK Marching Band, UNK Wind Ensemble and the Kearney Symphony Orchestra. 

“I congratulate Brooke and her teacher on this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Valerie Cisler, chair of the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts.  “We are all pleased by Brooke’s impressive representation of the UNK music program at the national level.” 

After graduation, Harris plans to teach as well as pursue graduate degrees in the field. She is the daughter of Scott and Deb Harris of Dickens.