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Bethel has first nationals qualifier after Hutchinson forensics tourney

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Jacob Miller had a great weekend in forensics, not least because he is the first Thresher to qualify for nationals this season.

The Bethel squad finished fifth out of 11 teams on Day 1 and fifth out of 10 teams on Day 2 of the Loper Rodeo Swing, co-hosted by Hutchinson Community College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Nov. 1-2 on the HCC campus.

On the second day, Miller, sophomore from Westmoreland, was 1st in both After Dinner Speaking and Informative Speaking, as well as 2nd in Persuasive Speaking.

He qualified for nationals in both Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking and placed first in the individual speaker sweepstakes, meaning he earned more points than any other individual speaker at the entire tournament.

The American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) will be April 3-6, 2015, on the campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Also on Day 1 of the Loper Rodeo Swing, Kaitlyn Scribner, freshman from Delia, placed 3rd in Persuasive Speaking, Cameron Ponce, sophomore from Elkhart, Indiana, 4th in Prose Interpretation, and Clinton Unruh, sophomore from Newton, 5th in Impromptu Speaking.

On Day 2, Unruh finished 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, Ponce 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation and 6th in Prose Interpretation, and Scribner 4th in Persuasive Speaking and 6th in Poetry Interpretation.

Also competing, and contributing points to the team’s overall placement, was Kendra Gonzales, freshman from Minneapolis.

Bethel forensics head coach is Mallory Marsh, with assistance from Gail Stucky, co-director of libraries.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 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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