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Forensics earns three more qualifications for nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team racked up more qualifications for the national forensics tournament at a swing tournament in Salina Feb. 5-6.

Bethel was one of 13 schools competing on Saturday and 12 on Sunday in the Kansas Wesleyan University and Metropolitan Community College (Omaha) Border Wars Swing Tournaments held on the KWU campus.

In the KWU section on Feb. 5, Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, took first place in After Dinner Speaking, which qualifies her for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in that event. The national tournament takes place in April at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Marike Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, was second in Programmed Oral Interpretation, which qualified her for nationals in that event. This was the second event in which Stucky, in her first year competing for the Threshers, has qualified for AFA-NIET.

Stucky also took second in Poetry Interpretation and received the Top Novice award for both Programmed Oral Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

Also on Feb. 5, Chris Riesen, sophomore from Beatrice, Neb., was third in Dramatic Interpretation and received the Top Novice award in that event; Natalie Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, qualified for nationals in a second event, Persuasive Speaking, with a fourth-place finish; and Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, was sixth in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

In the Metro Community College section of the swing, on Sunday, Aaron Rudeen, sophomore from Osage City, took third in Prose Interpretation and Marike Stucky in Poetry Interpretation, and Natalie Stucky finished fifth in Communication Analysis.

Bethel now has seven members of its forensics squad qualified for AFA-NIET in eight different events.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com 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 www.bethelks.edu.

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