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Fischer earns first nationals berth in college forensics

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team has its third freshman qualifier for the 2011 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

Several members of the squad competed in the Sweetheart Swing Tournament, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University, Feb. 12-13 on the OU campus in Norman. Bethel was one of 21 schools competing each day.

In the OU section of the tournament, Feb. 12, C. J. Fischer, Bethel freshman from Newton, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking. The next day, in the West Texas A&M section, he took first in the same event, which qualifies him for the national tournament, April 1-4 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Also on Saturday, Brandon Schwager, junior from Lawrence, placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking and Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, was third in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

On Sunday, Miller was fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation and Hank Unruh, freshman from Newton, was sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Bethel now has eight members of its forensics squad qualified for AFA-NIET in eight different events. Other freshmen who will be attending their first national tournament are Marike Stucky, Moundridge, and Taylor Ambrosi, Independence, Mo. Joe Fitch, a sophomore transfer from Independence, Mo., will also be going to nationals for the first time as a member of the Bethel squad.

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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