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Bethel forensics performs well in Oklahoma

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NORMAN, OKLA. -- The Bethel College forensics squad earned five awards at the University of Oklahoma February 10-12. Six Bethel team members participated in the tournament, competing against teams from 22 other colleges and universities at the Sweetheart Swing tournament, hosted by OU and West Texas A&M University of Canyon, Texas.

During the first half of the swing tournament, Shannon Carey, sophomore from Moundridge, advanced into semifinals in impromptu speaking and placed fourth in the final round. Bethany McElhiney, junior from Wichita, placed seventh in program oral interpretation.

On the second day of the tournament, Carey placed third in after dinner speaking. Becky Schulz, freshman from Newton, placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking in her first collegiate tournament.

Cory Buchta, sophomore from Newton, received a "next-out" award. He missed breaking into the final round by only one quality point.

Also attending were juniors Kristin Watson-Drennen, Lyons, and Robert Weaver, Wichita.

On Feb. 18-19, the team will travel to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina for the state tournament.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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