NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Bethel College’s forensics squad received first place in small school sweepstakes at the Kansas State Championship Forensics Tournament Saturday, Feb. 28 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The squad also placed third out of nine schools in overall competition with larger colleges and universities. Senior Jeremy Schrag, Moundridge, placed second in individual sweepstakes. He was named state champion in extemporaneous speaking and took second in impromptu speaking and third in persuasive speaking.
Senior Dan Anderson, Apple Valley, Minn., placed third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking. Eric Stucky, junior from Galva, took second in after-dinner speaking and third in poetry.
Lindsey Bannon, junior from Douglass, placed sixth in informative speaking, and freshman Justin Shook, Lyons, took third in after-dinner speaking.
"It was a great weekend for us," said John McCabe-Juhnke, director of forensics at Bethel. "We’re fortunate to be competing in a state that offers strong college competition in forensics. I’m pleased that Bethel has been recognized as the top small college in the state. It’s a credit to the talent and dedication of our students."
Coaches for the forensics team are McCabe-Juhnke and Brian Stucky.