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Lucky seven: Forensics off to nationals with seven students in ten events

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a strong showing at the American Forensic Association (AFA) District III Tournament March 6-7, the Bethel College forensics squad will be taking one of its largest groups of qualifiers in recent years to nationals next month.

The District III Tournament took place at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where Bethel was one of nine schools competing.

Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, placed 3rd in After Dinner Speaking, which qualified him in that event at the AFA-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). Daugharthy and Sarah Unruh, freshman from Raytown, Mo., were 2nd in Duo Interpretation, qualifying them for nationals in that event as well. Daugharthy had also previously qualified in Duo Interpretation with Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton.

Unruh was 4th in Communication Analysis, leading to a qualification for nationals in the event. She also finished 4th in Oral Interpretation.

Other Bethel students competing were Becky Buchta, senior from Newton, who was 6th in Persuasive Speaking, and Brian Skinner, freshman from Moundridge, who was 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Bethel will be taking seven students, competing in ten different events, to AFA-NIET, April 3-6 at the University of Akron.

In addition to Daugharthy, McCabe-Juhnke and Unruh, those students are Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, in Communication Analysis, Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking; Matthew N. Stucky, junior from Moundridge, and Alex Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, both in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Sarah Pohl, freshman from Moundridge, in Dramatic Interpretation.

“This is a good group, and it rivals in size some of our larger entries from recent years,” said John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel professor of communication arts and head forensics coach. “It’s especially impressive that more than half this group are freshmen.”

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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