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Bethel College graduate awarded first in state history competition

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College graduate Jacob Gunden, a 2002 history major, submitted the winning undergraduate paper in the Kansas History Teachers Association Awards for Scholarly Papers in History competition sponsored by the Kansas History Teachers Association (KHTA). His winning paper was "Lives Saved: An Analysis of Casualty Estimates and President Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb." Gunden wrote the paper for his senior seminar. His advisor was James Juhnke, who has retired from his position as professor of history at Bethel College.

In addition to receiving a cash prize, Gunden was invited to present his paper at the 2003 annual meeting of KHTA, co-sponsored by the University of Kansas (KU) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and KU’s American Studies program and Department of History.

Gunden teaches history at Wichita North High School.

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