NORMAN, OKLA. -- Bethel College forensics squad members took advantage of their last chance this year to qualify for the American Forensics Association National Tournament by winning four awards. Ten Threshers traveled to Oklahoma University March 4-5 for the AFA District III Tournament, where the squad competed against 16 other colleges and universities.
Eric Stucky, senior from Moundridge, placed third in after-dinner speaking, which qualified him for AFA national competition. Earlier, Stucky had qualified for nationals in impromptu speaking and prose interpretation.
Justin Shook, sophomore from Lyons, placed sixth in after-dinner speaking, which qualified him to be second alternate to nationals in that event. Robert Weaver, sophomore from Wichita, also qualified as a second alternate to nationals by placing seventh in extemporaneous speaking.
Peter Miller, freshman from Haven, was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
Also competing for Bethel were sophomores Bethany McElhiney, Wichita, Kristin Watson-Drennen, Lyons, and Shawn Rath, Moundridge; and freshmen Cory Buchta, Newton, Shannon Carey, Moundridge, and Veronica Mosqueda, Newton.
The Threshers will host the Bethel College High School Invitational Tournament on campus, Saturday, March 12. The next Thresher forensics competition will be at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in St. Louis, March 16-19. The AFA National Tournament is April 1-4 at Kansas State University.