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Small forensics squad makes big showing at Sterling

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though small in size, the Bethel College forensics team made a strong showing in the Barton County Community College-Sterling College tournament last weekend.

Bethel was one of 11 schools participating in the tournament, held at Sterling College Sept. 29-30.

On the first day of the tournament, Rodney Wren, junior from Moundridge, placed first in dramatic interpretation and first in communication analysis as well as second in prose interpretation and third in impromptu speaking. On Sunday, the second day, Wren got two more firsts, in communication analysis and extemporaneous speaking, as well as second in prose and third in dramatic interpretation.

This strong showing earned Wren first place in individual events sweeps both days.

In addition, Heather Robertsen, sophomore from Hesston, placed fourth in prose and fourth in dramatic interpretation on Saturday and fourth in dramatic interpretation on Sunday. Dana Daugharthy, sophomore from Iola, brought home a fourth in prose.

The Bethel squad placed third in overall sweepstakes.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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