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Bethel places high at tournament, qualifies more events to forensics nationals

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A late-season swing tournament yielded more nationals qualifications for the Bethel College forensics team.

On Day #1 of the Battle for the Capital, Feb. 27 on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus with the University of Nebraska-Omaha hosting, Bethel finished in second place out of 12 teams, and Jacob Unruh, junior from Westmoreland, qualified his fourth event to the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

Miller, who is already going to AFA-NIET in After Dinner Speaking, Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, finished 1st in both Persuasive Speaking and Communication Analysis, qualifying for nationals in the former.

On Day #2, Feb. 28, with UNL hosting, Miller’s 2nd place in Communication Analysis gave him his fifth nationals event.

Also on Day #1, Clinton Unruh, junior from Newton, took 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, and 4th in both Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.

Heather Chaney, freshman from Erie, was 4th in Persuasive Speaking, and Autumn Masters, junior from Newton, finished 5th in Program of Oral Interpretation (POI).

Unruh was 2nd in Impromptu Speaking on Day #2 of the tournament, which gave him his first nationals qualification of the year. He also took 4th in Informative Speaking and was “next out” in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Kendra Gonzales, sophomore from Minneapolis, finished 1st in Informative Speaking, while Masters was 3rd in Poetry Interpretation and 4th in POI. Bethel finished in third place for the day.

In addition to Bethel, UNL and UNO, schools competing in Battle for the Capital, both days, were College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, Hastings (Nebraska) College, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Bethel now has six of its eight forensics squad members going to nationals in 10 different events, with one qualifying tournament to go, the District III Tournament on the Bethel campus March 5. AFA-NIET will be held April 2-4 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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