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Bethel forensics wraps up regular season at Salina tournament

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team wrapped up the regular season by traveling to Salina for the Border Wars Swing Tournament, Feb. 6–7.

Kansas Wesleyan University and Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, hosted the tournament on the KWU campus.

On Day #1 of the tournament, Bethel was one of 21 schools competing. Heather Chaney, freshman from Erie, placed 2nd and was top novice in Informative Speaking.

She also took 4th in Persuasive Speaking. These were her first two breaks as a collegiate forensics competitor.

On Day #2, Bethel was one of 15 schools competing. Jacob Miller, junior from Westmoreland, was tournament champion in Persuasive Speaking.

Autumn Masters, junior from Newton, placed 4th in both Prose Interpretation and Program of Oral Interpretation (POI).

Kendra Gonzales, sophomore from Minneapolis, took 5th in Informative Speaking and 6th in POI, while Emily Kondziola, freshman from North Newton, was 6th in both Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.

Bethel hosts the state forensics tournament on campus Feb. 20. The American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) is April 2–4 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Bethel has qualified four students in eight separate events thus far.

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