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Forensics qualifies two more for nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team had a busy and productive outing Nov. 7-8 at the Hutchinson Community College Tournament and HCC Alumni Tournament.

The Threshers qualified two more competitors for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) and brought home two sweepstakes trophies.

At the HCC Tournament, Alex Stucky, junior from Moundridge, was first in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. A first-place finish the next day at the HCC Alumni Tournament in Extemp means Stucky has now qualified in that event for AFA-NIET.

Julia Huxman, sophomore from Wichita, did the same thing – first-place finishes both days in Persuasive Speaking will send her to nationals in that event.

Huxman also finished fourth in Communication Analysis at the HCC Tournament and third in that event at the HCC Alumni Tournament. Stucky finished sixth in After Dinner Speaking at the HCC Alumni Tournament.

Natalie Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, also took first at the HCC Tournament, in Informative Speaking. She was third in that event at the HCC Alumni Tournament.

Others who placed at the HCC Tournament were Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, fourth in Dramatic Interpretation, and Audra Miller, freshman from Hesston, sixth in Prose Interpretation. At the HCC Alumni Tournament, Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, were third in Duo Interpretation, and Sarah Pohl, sophomore from Moundridge, was sixth in Prose Interpretation.

Others who competed for Bethel were Alex Burton, junior from Newton, Julia Miller, freshman from Hesston, Natasha Orpin, freshman from Moundridge, and Aaron Rudeen, freshman from Osage City.

Bethel’s showing earned them the 2nd Place Individual Events Team Sweepstakes trophy at both the HCC Tournament and the HCC Alumni Tournament. Coaches are John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, and Gail Niles Stucky, co-director of libraries.

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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