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Two more forensics nationals qualifications include freshman

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – January interterm is a bit of an “off” time for forensics competition, but Bethel College freshman Candy Dao made the most of her opportunities by qualifying her first-ever event for collegiate nationals.

Dao, Salina, took 1st place in Dramatic Interpretation on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the State Line Swing, hosted by John Brown University and the University of Oklahoma on the John Brown campus in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

That qualified Dao for the event at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), April 2–4 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Also at the Jan. 16–17 swing tournament, Shekhinah Jones, sophomore from Salina, qualified his second event to AFA-NIET by placing 3rd in Poetry Interpretation.

Bethel was one of nine schools competing on both days of the tournament.

Dao also finished 6th in Poetry Interpretation on Day 1.

Kendra Gonzales, sophomore from Minneapolis, took 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation (POI) and 5th in Informative Speaking.

Autumn Masters, junior from Newton, placed 3rd in POI, while Jones was 5th in Poetry Interpretation and 6th in Prose Interpretation.

On Day 2, in addition to qualifying for nationals in Poetry Interpretation, Jones finished 2nd in Prose Interpretation. Dao took 2nd in Poetry Interpretation.

Gonzales was 2nd in POI and 5th in Prose Interpretation, while Masters placed 3rd in POI and 4th in Poetry Interpretation.

A two-person squad of Gonzales and Heather Chaney, freshman from Erie, also made the trip to Manhattan Jan. 23 for Day 1 of the Nebraska in Kansas Swing, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University on the K-State campus.

Gonzales placed 3rd in POI and 6th in Poetry Interpretation.

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