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Bethel forensics squad qualifies more for nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad qualified in three more events for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) following competition at the AFA Division III National Qualifying Tournament over the weekend.

Bethel was one of 12 schools participating in the tournament, held at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, March 2-3.

Justin Shook, senior from Lyons, placed 2nd in after dinner speaking, while Robert Weaver, senior from Wichita, placed 3rd in both programmed oral interpretation and impromptu speaking. These finishes qualified the speakers for the national tournament in their respective events.

Weaver also placed 5th in poetry interpretation. Shannon Carey, junior from Moundridge, placed 4th in informative speaking and Cory Buchta, junior from Newton, placed 5th in after dinner speaking.

Others competing were Dana Daugherty, freshman from Iola, Allan Harpool, sophomore from Sedgwick, Jamie Lugo, junior from Wichita, Ashley McDonald, sophomore from Douglass, Peter Miller, senior from Partridge, and Becky Schulz, sophomore from Newton.

The Threshers have now qualified seven students in six events for the AFA-NIET: Carey in after dinner speaking; Lewis Kosjer, freshman from Douglass, and Josh Powell, freshman from Basehor, in duo interpretation; Jonathan Nathan, senior from Moundridge, in extemporaneous speaking; Shook in after dinner speaking and extemporaneous speaking; Matthew N. Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and informative speaking; and Weaver in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and programmed oral interpretation.

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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