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Salina sisters will carry Bethel banner at national tournament

March 19th, 2019

Candy and Sandy Dao

Candy Dao will compete for the fourth and final time, and Sandy Dao for the first, at AFA-NIET, the national forensics tournament, next month.

Candy, a senior, and Sandy, her younger sister and a first-year student, will travel to the University of Alabama for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) April 5-7.

This marks Bethel’s 42nd consecutive appearance at the tournament, the entire length of its history.

Candy Dao is qualified in three events: Persuasion, Poetry Interpretation and Prose Interpretation. Sandy Dao is qualified in Informative Speaking.

Their coach is Gail Stucky, long-time assistant now serving in an interim head coach role.

The 2018-19 Bethel College forensics team roster also includes Georgia Anderson, senior from Wichita, Charlotte Ehrmann, freshman from Augusta, Jadin Kaltenbach, sophomore from Wichita, Nathan Schmucker, freshman from Moundridge, and Jessie Thomas, freshman from Sedgwick.

Candy Dao is a 2015 graduate of Salina Central High School. She is majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology and a concentration in interprofessional health studies.

Sandy Dao is a 2018 graduate of Salina Central. At Bethel, she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.

They are the daughters of Ha Dao and Kim Nguyen of Salina.

Bethel College is the only Kansas private college listed in the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, both for 2018-19. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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