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Bethel has a big day at state forensics tournament

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Matt Stucky, senior from Moundridge, a member of the Bethel College forensics team, qualified for his third event in national competition in the Kansas Individual Events State Tournament, hosted by Barton County Community College in Great Bend Saturday, Feb. 20.

Bethel came home from the state tournament with three state champions, its ninth student qualified for nationals and the second-place team sweepstakes trophy.

Stucky, who qualified for nationals in After Dinner Speaking and Impromptu Speaking last fall, is the state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. He will compete at the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in all three events.

Julia Huxman, sophomore from Wichita, is the state champion in communication analysis, and Julia Miller, freshman from Hesston, is the state champion in poetry interpretation. Huxman has qualified for nationals in Persuasive Speaking and Miller in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

With a third-place finish in After Dinner Speaking Feb. 20, Audra Miller, freshman from Hesston, has qualified in that event at AFA-NIET.

Natasha Orpin, freshman from Moundridge, and Sarah Unruh, sophomore from Raytown, Mo., finished second and third, respectively, in Informative Speaking.

Huxman had a fourth place in Persuasive Speaking, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, a fourth in Impromptu Speaking and Alex Stucky, junior from Moundridge, a fourth in After Dinner Speaking.

Aaron Rudeen, freshman from Osage City, finished fifth in After Dinner Speaking, and Natalie Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, was fifth in Communication Analysis. The team of Rudeen and Audra Miller took sixth in Duo Interpretation. Julia Miller was seventh in Prose Interpretation.

Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, also competed for the Threshers at the state tournament. Bethel was one of 13 schools in the tournament.

AFA-NIET will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 2-4. Bethel has now qualified nine students. John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, is Thresher head coach, assisted by 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 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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