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Huxman qualifies for second and third nationals events

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In her first year of forensics competition for Bethel College, Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, has now qualified for three events at this year’s national tournament.

In the Sweetheart Swing Tournaments, held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in the Feb. 14 OU portion of the tournament, Huxman placed 4th in Informative Speaking, which qualified her in that event for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), to be held April 3-6 at the University of Akron. At the West Texas A&M portion Feb. 15, Huxman placed 4th in Communication Analysis and then, at the Kansas Individual Events State Tournament Feb. 21 on the Bethel campus, 1st in the event, giving her a third qualification for nationals. She had previously qualified in Persuasive Speaking

Also at the Feb. 14 tournament, Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking and Sarah Unruh, freshman from Raytown, Mo., was 5th in Oral Interpretation. At the Feb. 15 tournament, Heather Robertsen, junior from Newton, took 5th in Poetry Interpretation and 6th in Prose Interpretation. Bethel was competing with 15 other schools.

Bethel College hosted the Kansas Parliamentary Debate State Tournament on campus Feb. 20, in which 12 schools competed. Freshmen Brian Skinner, Clay Center, and Seth Williams, Newton, were semifinalists in Novice Debate with Williams taking 3rd place as Novice Debate Speaker.

In the Kansas Individual Events State Tournament the next day, Bethel competed against 11 other schools. Matthew N. Stucky, junior from Moundridge, finished 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd in Impromptu Speaking and 3rd in Persuasive Speaking. In addition to her first-place finish, Huxman took 4th in Persuasive Speaking.

Daugharthy was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking and Sarah Pohl, freshman from Moundridge, was 3rd in Prose Interpretation. Becky Buchta, senior from Newton, was 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking and 7th in Persuasive Speaking. Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, finished 4th in Prose Interpretation and Robertsen was 5th in the same event.

Unruh was 5th in Program Oral Interpretation and Alex Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, took 5th in After Dinner Speaking. Williams was 6th in Impromptu Speaking.

The Thresher squad finished 2nd in the Individual Events 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 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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