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Forensics adds two more national qualifiers after Salina meet

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College qualified two more forensics team members to compete at the national level, after a weekend in Salina that saw another student bring home three firsts and a “Top Novice” award.

The Threshers competed against 15 other schools on the first day and 10 on the second day of the 2009 Border Wars Invitational Tournaments, held Feb. 7-8 on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University.

At Border Wars I, the KWU Individual Events Tournament Feb. 7, Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, finished 1st in Informative Speaking. She also took 3rd in Communication Analysis. Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, was 3rd in Prose Interpretation and, with partner Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, took 5th in Duo Interpretation. Daugharthy also finished 5th in After Dinner Speaking.

With a small squad of only four competitors (including junior Heather Robertsen), the Threshers still took 4th place in the KWU Individual Events Sweepstakes.

The next day, at Border Wars II, the John Brown University Individual Events Tournament, the team of McCabe-Juhnke and Daugharthy took 2nd place in duo interpretation which qualified them for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

Also on Feb. 8, Huxman was 1st in both Informative Speaking and Communication Analysis, resulting in her being named Top Novice for both events.

Daugharthy was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking. Heather Robertsen, junior from Newton, took 5th place in Poetry Interpretation.

Daugharthy and McCabe-Juhnke join Sara Pohl and Alex Stucky, both freshmen from Moundridge, Matthew Stucky, junior from Moundridge, and Huxman as qualifiers thus far from Bethel for AFA-NIET 2009, to be held at the University of Akron April 3-6.

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 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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