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Bethel College forensics team travels to nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. ñ It's on to nationals for six members of the Bethel College forensics team. Daniel Anderson, Chris Graber, Aziza Hasan, Jeremy Schrag, Sam Schrag and Eric Stucky have earned the opportunity to compete at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford April 5-7. The six Bethel students will compete in 12 events, making this the "largest slate we've qualified for nationals in more than a decade," according to John McCabe-Juhnke, who has coached forensics at Bethel since 1986. "It's been a great year of competition for Bethel forensics."

To qualify for nationals, competitors must achieve high finals round placings in at least three tournaments during the regular season or place in the top 10 percent at the district qualifying tournament. The team, totaling 13 students, attended 12 tournaments in four states earlier this year.

Daniel Anderson, junior from Apple Valley, Minn., qualified in two events: impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking.

Chris Graber, senior from Newton, qualified in three events: duo interpretation (with Eric Stucky), prose interpretation and programmed oral interpretation.

Aziza Hasan, senior from Halstead, qualified in two events: in prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation.

Jeremy Schrag, junior from Moundridge, qualified in three events: extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking, and prose interpretation.

Sam Schrag, senior from Wichita, qualified in two events: impromptu speaking and communication analysis.

Eric Stucky, sophomore from Galva, qualified in one event: duo interpretation (with Chris Graber).

Other Bethel students who competed were Kim George, junior from Parsons; Annie Hasan, freshman from Halstead; Matthew McKitrick, senior from Aurora, Colo.; Jami Reeves, freshman from Buhler; James Regier, senior from Haven; David Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge; and Rachel Voth, freshman from Topeka.

Brian Stucky is assistant coach.

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