NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team brought home two team trophies and qualified its first member for the 2009 national tournament over the weekend at Hutchinson Community College.
The Threshers competed against 15 other schools in the Blue Dragon Invitational – debate tournament Friday, Nov. 7, and forensics tournament Saturday, Nov. 8 – and against 14 schools in the Blue Dragon Alumni Invitational, a forensics tournament, Sunday, Nov. 9.
In parliamentary debate, the team of Becky Buchta, senior from Newton, and Seth Williams, freshman from Newton, went to semifinals. Buchta received the 2nd-place Speaker Award.
In the Saturday forensics tournament, Buchta was 2nd in Impromptu Speaking and 5th in Persuasive Speaking. Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, was 3rd in Persuasive Speaking. Brian Skinner, freshman from Clay Center, was 6th in both in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.
In the Sunday forensics tournament, Huxman placed 1st in Persuasive Speaking and Sarah Pohl, freshman from Moundridge, was 1st in Dramatic Interpretation. Pohl also took 4th in Prose Interpretation and 5th in After Dinner Speaking.
Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, and Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, took 2nd in Duo Interpretation while Alex Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge/Galva, was 2nd in Impromptu Speaking. He also took 6th in After Dinner Speaking.
Matthew Stucky, junior from Moundridge, was 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, which qualifies him in that event for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) next spring.
Buchta was 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking. Heather Robertsen, junior from Newton, was 7th in Poetry Interpretation.
Other Bethel students competing were Nicole Eaton, freshman from Dodge City; Christopher Eitzen, sophomore from Xalapa, Mexico; Lori Galliardt, fifth-year student from McPherson; Kyvie Lahman, freshman from Minneola; Joshua Powell, junior from Basehor; and freshman Sarah Unruh.
The Bethel College team earned 2nd place overall in Sunday’s Alumni Invitational Tournament and brought home 1st place as a team for all three days combined.
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 Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.