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Forensics qualifies first two for nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team has qualified its first two members for the national tournament next spring.

Some members of the squad competed in the Doane Nut-University of Nebraska-Omaha Swing Tournaments on the Doane College campus in Crete, Neb., while others were at the Central States Swing on the campus of Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Lees Summit, Mo., both Oct. 30-31.

At the Central States Swing Part I, on Saturday, Oct. 30, Taylor Ambrosi, freshman from Independence, Mo., and Joe Fitch, sophomore from Independence, Mo., placed fourth in Duo Interpretation. The next day, at the Central States Swing Part I, they placed first in the same event, which qualified them for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) to be held next April at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Meanwhile, at the Doane College Tournament, Julia Huxman, junior from Wichita, was second in Informative Speaking and fifth in Persuasive Speaking. She took first and fifth in the same events the next day at the UN-Omaha Tournament. Bethel was third in team sweepstakes.

At the Central States Swing, Bethel was one of 13 schools competing on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. In addition to the results for Ambrosi and Fitch in Duo Interpretation, Sarah Unruh, junior from Raytown, Mo., finished fifth in Informative Speaking and sixth in Communication Analysis on Saturday and first and fifth in the same events on Sunday. Hank Unruh, freshman from Newton, took seventh place in Extemporaneous Speaking in the Central States Swing Part II, on Sunday. Fitch also competed in Dramatic Interpretation, taking fifth on Saturday and second on Sunday.

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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