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Forensics has strong showing at Barton County

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s forensics team came out strong in the “Debates on the Plain” Swing Tournaments, held Sept. 27-28 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend.

Bethel was one of 20 schools competing over the weekend.

Bethel finished one-two in Extemporaneous Speaking in the Barton County Individual Events Tournament Sept. 27, with Matthew N. Stucky, junior from Moundridge, and Alex Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge/Galva, taking the top honors.

The next day, in the Sterling College Individual Events Tournament, Matthew Stucky took 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. Alex Stucky was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking and a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking.

Also competing were Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, and Sarah Pohl, freshman from Moundridge.

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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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