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Bethel College forensics squad earns honors at nationals

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ST. LOUIS, MO. -- After three days of competition, the Bethel College forensics team brought home nine awards from the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. Seven squad members attended the tournament March 17-19 and competed against more than 400 others representing 72 colleges and universities from 28 states.

The Thresher squad placed well in sweepstakes at the tournament and was rated excellent for individual events and excellent for parliamentary debate, ranking 20th and 13th, respectively.

In individual events, Lindsey Miller, junior from Haven, earned a superior rating in informative speaking. She was one of the top four competitors in the event, a distinction that allowed her to participate in an individual events showcase round. Miller also received an excellent rating in extemporaneous speaking.

Shannon Carey, freshman from Moundridge, received an excellent rating for broadcast journalism, an event that is only offered at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

In the debate section of the tournament, Lindsey Miller, along with Peter Miller, freshman from Haven, broke into the semi-final round of debate in the open division. They were also named the top team at the tournament and received a superior rating after being the only team in the tournament to go undefeated in preliminary rounds.

Carey and Cory Buchta, freshman from Newton, advanced into the quarterfinal round of debate in the novice division.

Bethany McElhiney, sophomore from Wichita, Shawn Rath, sophomore from Moundridge, and Veronica Mosqueda, freshman from Newton, also attended the tournament.

Bethel’s final competition of the season will be the American Forensics Association National Tournament in Manhattan, April 1-4. Three members of the team (Lindsey Miller, along with Eric Stucky and Robert Weaver) qualified seven events for national competition.

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