NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College forensics squad members earned a number of awards at the state tournament, held Feb. 26 on the Bethel campus and Feb. 27 at Hutchinson Community College. Bethel hosted the state of Kansas individual events championships (KASIE) on Feb. 26, at which the Bethel squad earned two team awards and 10 individual awards, including four state championships and four national qualifications.
In the individual events half of the state tournament, Eric Stucky, senior from Moundridge, was state champion in prose interpretation, which qualified him to attend the American Forensics Association national tournament April 1-4 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Stucky was also state champion in after dinner-speaking and placed fifth in dramatic interpretation.
Lindsey Miller, junior from Haven, was state champion in informative speaking and extemporaneous speaking, which qualified her to attend nationals in both events as well.
Additionally, Robert Weaver, sophomore from Wichita, qualified for nationals in communication analysis by placing second overall. He also placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
Justin Shook, sophomore from Lyons, placed third in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking. Peter Miller, freshman from Haven, placed fifth in poetry interpretation.
The Bethel Squad was ranked third in overall sweepstakes and placed second in the small school sweepstakes category.
Also in attendance were senior Lindsey Bannon of Douglass; sophomores Ross Lehman of Bluffton, Ohio, Bethany McElhiney of Wichita, Kristin Watson-Drennen of Lyons, and Shawn Rath of Moundridge; and freshmen Cory Buchta of Newton, Shannon Carey of Moundridge, and Veronica Mosqueda of Newton. Thirteen squad members attended KASIE and competed against teams from eight other Kansas colleges and universities.
The Bethel squad also brought home honors at the Kansas Parliamentary Debate tournament (KASPAR) on Feb. 27 at HCC. Six Bethel students competed in this half of the state tournament.
Carey and Buchta advanced to the final round and placed second at the tournament. Carey received a second-place speaker award and Buchta third place. Lindsey Miller and Peter Miller advanced to the semi-final round of debate, and Lindsey Miller received a fourth-place speaker award.
Shook and Weaver also attended KASPAR.
The next tournament for the Thresher squad will be the District III AFA Qualifier Tournament, March 4-5 at Oklahoma University.