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Bethel off to strong start in debate and forensics

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Threshers forensics and debate teams got off to a rousing start in their first tournament competition of the 2009-10 school year.

Bethel brought home the second-place trophy in the overall combined team sweepstakes for the Debates on a Plain Swing Tournaments, hosted by Sterling College and Hutchinson Community College Sept. 25-27 in Hutchinson, while Bethel’s debate squad finished third.

Senior Matthew Stucky, Moundridge, had four 1st-place finishes in six individual events.

In the Sterling College Individual Events tournament Sept. 26, Stucky finished 1st in After Dinner Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. The next day, at the HCC Individual Events Tournament, Stucky brought home another 1st in After Dinner Speaking, along with a 2nd in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.

In the Parliamentary Debate Tournament Sept. 25, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, and Natalie Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, were the 1st-place team in Novice Debate, earning McCabe-Juhnke 1st-Place Speaker and Stucky 2nd-Place Speaker in that category. The team of Matt Stucky and Alex Stucky, junior from Moundridge, took 2nd place in Varsity Debate. Matt Stucky was 4th-Place Speaker and Alex Stucky 6th-Place Speaker in that category.

In the Sterling College Individual Events tournament, Alex Stucky took 3rd in After Dinner Speaking and 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking. At the HCC Individual Events tournament, the team of Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, were 4th in Duo Interpretation, with Garrison taking 5th in Dramatic Interpretation. Natalie Stucky finished 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking and also earned Top Novice in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Bethel was one of 21 schools competing in the Sterling tournament and 14 in the HCC tournament.

Also competing for Bethel were freshmen Natasha Orpin, Moundridge, and Aaron Rudeen, Osage City.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. 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 2009 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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