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Three more qualify for forensics nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Three more members of the Bethel College forensics team qualified for nationals at tournaments in Oklahoma over the weekend.

At the Sweetheart Swing Tournaments, hosted by the University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University Feb. 13-14 on the OU campus in Norman, Bethel was one of 16 schools competing each day.

In the OU Tournament, Feb. 13, Brandon Schwager, junior from Lawrence, took first in Extemporaneous Speaking, qualifying for nationals in only his second outing as a Thresher (Schwager is a spring semester transfer from the University of Kansas). With a third-place finish in Duo Interpretation, Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, qualified for nationals in that event.

Also at the OU Tournament, Julia Huxman, sophomore from Wichita, took first place in Communication Analysis and second place in Persuasive Speaking; Audra Miller, freshman from Hesston, was second in After Dinner Speaking; Sarah Unruh, sophomore from Raytown, Mo., finished fourth in Informative Speaking and sixth in Persuasive Speaking; Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, was fifth in Prose Interpretation; and Aaron Rudeen, freshman from Osage City, took sixth place in Prose Interpretation.

At the West Texas A&M Tournament, Feb. 14, Miller finished first in After Dinner Speaking. The team of Miller and Rudeen was fourth in Duo Interpretation. Huxman took third in Communication Analysis and Unruh fifth in Informative Speaking.

Daugharthy, Garrison, McCabe-Juhnke and Schwager also competed in the Sunday tournament.

The American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 2-4. Bethel has now qualified eight students – Daugharthy, Huxman, McCabe-Juhnke and Schwager, along with Julia Miller, freshman from Hesston, Alex Stucky, junior from Moundridge, Natalie Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, and Matt Stucky, senior from Moundridge (in two events).

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 Forbes.com’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 www.bethelks.edu.

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