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Forensics qualifies for 30th straight national tournament

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Following the Kansas State Individual Events (KASIE) championship tournament in Great Bend Feb. 16, the Bethel College forensics team Bethel College received the Top Small School sweepstakes award and is bound for its 30th straight American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), a record matched statewide only by Kansas State University and nationwide by only five other schools.

Bethel debaters also participated in the Kansas Parliamentary Debate Championships Feb. 15 held, along with the KASIE championships, at Barton County Community College.

Competing with nine other schools, the Threshers brought home a number of individual awards, with two students qualifying for nationals. Shannon Carey, senior from Moundridge, took first place in After Dinner Speaking and Becky Buchta, junior from Newton, won first in Impromptu Speaking. Both qualified for nationals in their respective events. AFA-NIET will be held April 4-7 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Carey also took second in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Interpretation of Prose and Buchta second in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Heather Robertsen, sophomore from Newton, received third place in Dramatic Interpretation, and Alex Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, took fourth in Impromptu Speaking.

Other students who competed were Cory Buchta, senior from Newton, Dana Daugharthy, sophomore from Iola, and Lewis Kosjer, sophomore from Udall.

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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