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Bethel doubles number of nationals qualifiers in forensics

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Following the next to last regular-season forensics tournament for 2014-15, two more Bethel College students have qualified for nationals.

On Day 2 of Battle for the Capital, Clinton Unruh, sophomore from Newton, and Shaelyn Atwood, freshman from Sabetha, qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking and Communication Analysis, respectively. Unruh finished 1st in his event and Atwood 2nd in hers.

The Battle for the Capital took place on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus Feb. 28-March 1, with University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosting Day 1 and UNO hosting Day 2. Bethel was one of nine schools competing on both days.

In addition, Jacob Miller, sophomore from Westmoreland, was 1st in Impromptu Speaking on Day 1 and 1st in Communication Analysis on Day 2, qualifying both those events for nationals and bringing his total to five.

Cameron Ponce, sophomore from Elkhart, Indiana, took 1st in Prose Interpretation on Day 1, qualifying to nationals and bringing his total to three.

“Jacob and Cameron have fully qualified all their events,” said Mallory Marsh, forensics head coach.

The American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) will be April 3-6 on the campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Miller is eligible to compete in After Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking and Persuasion, and Ponce in Dramatic Interpretation, Program of Oral Interpretation and Prose Interpretation.

On Day 1 of Battle for the Capital, Unruh was 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking and “next-out” in Impromptu Speaking. Bethel placed 5th in Team Sweepstakes.

On Day 2, Unruh took 1st in Impromptu Speaking and Bethel placed 3rd in Team Sweepstakes.

Bethel will compete in the final tournament of the regular season, the District 3 Tournament in Tyler, Texas, March 7.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed inthe 2014-15 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 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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