Bethel slate complete for national forensics tournament
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Three Bethel College students will competing for the first time in the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) at Arizona State University next month.
The last regular-season competition was the District III Tournament, held on the campus of West Texas A&M University, Canyon, March 8. Bethel was one of nine schools in the tournament. AFA’s District III covers the six-state region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.
Hank Unruh, senior from Newton, placed first in After Dinner Speaking, qualifying that event for nationals.
He will now be competing in three events, having previously qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. This is his fourth straight appearance at AFA-NIET.
Jacob Miller, freshman from Westmoreland, was first in Informative Speaking, which means he will be going to nationals in that event as well as in After Dinner Speaking, qualified earlier in the season.
Clinton Unruh, freshman from Newton, was third in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, giving him the third leg needed in each event to send him to AFA-NIET in both.
Also competing for Bethel in the District 3 Tournament were Leland Brown, junior from Galveston, Texas, and Hannah Brinker, sophomore from Shawnee.
Brown finished fifth in Prose Interpretation. He will be making his first trip to AFA-NIET in Dramatic Interpretation, qualified earlier in the season.
Miller and Clinton Unruh are also going to nationals for the first time. The tournament is April 4-7 on the ASU campus in Tempe.
The students will preview selected AFA-NIET events for Life Enrichment, Weds., March 26, at 11:30 a.m., and in convocation Mon., March 31, at 11 a.m., both in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.