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Forensics squad to give national tournament preview

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With its largest qualifying group in recent years, the Bethel College forensics squad will share its talents with the campus and community before heading off to national competition in Wisconsin.

“This year we’re pleased to have 11 students qualified in 15 slots,” said John McCabe-Juhnke, director of forensics and professor of communication arts. Seven students will perform in a program lasting a little over an hour Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Because of its rigid qualification standards, the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) is one of the most prestigious college tournaments in the nation,” McCabe-Juhnke said. “Bethel is one of only six schools that have qualified students to the AFA-NIET every year since the tournament began in 1978. We’re looking forward to this ‘dress rehearsal’ before our April 1 departure for the national tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.”

With a special invitation extended to area high school forensics squads and coaches, McCabe-Juhnke added, “We hope the evening will be both entertaining and educational.”

It will “showcase the variety and quality of our student performers,” he said, “although time limitations preclude us from featuring all of our qualified events.”

On the program are: a persuasive speech by Julia Huxman, sophomore from Wichita (also qualified in Communication Analysis); a program of oral interpretation by Julia Miller, freshman from Hesston; an informative speech by Natalie Stucky, freshman from Moundridge; an after dinner speech by Audra Miller, freshman from Hesston; a duo interpretation by Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, and Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton (Daugharthy also qualified in After Dinner Speaking and in Duo Interpretation with Aaron Rudeen, freshman from Osage City); and an after dinner speech by Matthew Stucky, senior from Moundridge (also qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking).

For more information, contact John McCabe-Juhnke at 316-284-5272 or 1-800-522-1887, ext. 272.

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 profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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