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Home and away: Forensics hosts one tournament, competes in three

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team has stayed busy in October, hosting one tournament and competing in two others.

The Sunflower-Sooner Swing Invitational Forensics Tournaments took place Oct. 15-17 on the Bethel campus with Bethel hosting the Sunflower half. Competing for Bethel in the Sooner half of the swing, Sunday, Oct. 17, were Taylor Ambrosi, freshman from Independence, Mo., Alex Burton, junior from Newton, C.J. Fischer, freshman from Newton, Matt Frey, freshman from Moundridge, Joe Fitch, sophomore from Independence, Mo., Cora Ogden, freshman from Haven, Chris Riesen, sophomore from Beatrice, Neb., Aaron Rudeen, sophomore from Osage City, Dalton Smith, freshman from Burrton, Alex Stucky, senior from Moundridge, Marike Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, Natalie Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, Hank Unruh, freshman from Newton, and Sarah Unruh, junior from Raytown, Mo.

Bethel, one of 13 schools competing in the University of Oklahoma Tournament, took fourth place in team sweepstakes.

Individual results were Ambrosi and Fitch, first place in Duo Interpretation; Alex Stucky, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth place in After Dinner Speaking; Natalie Stucky, third place in Informative Speaking and fourth place in Persuasive Speaking; Marike Stucky, fourth place in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Fitch, fifth place in Dramatic Interpretation; and Sarah Unruh, seventh place in Communication Analysis.

Bethel was also one of 19 schools competing both days in the Kansas City Kansas Community College-West Texas A&M Swing Tournaments on the KCKCC campus, Oct. 23-24.

In the KCKCC Tournament Oct. 23, Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, was fourth in After Dinner Speaking; Ambrosi and Fitch took fifth in Duo Interpretation; Fitch finished fifth in Dramatic Interpretation; and Ambrosi was a semifinalist in prose interpretation.

In the Texas A&M Tournament, Miller took third place in After Dinner Speaking. Shenise Allen, freshman from Moundridge, also competed for the Threshers.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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