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Bethel has ninth student qualifier for forensics nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Brandon Schwager, Bethel College junior from Lawrence, came back from a weekend at Kansas State University qualified for the national forensics tournament in two events.

Schwager competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking in both halves of the Kool-Kat Classics Swing Tournaments held on the K-State campus Feb. 26-27. In the Hastings (Neb.) College Kool-Aid Classic Tournament on Saturday, Schwager finished first in Extemporaneous and fourth in Impromptu.

The next day, at the KSU Joe Posnanski Classic Tournament, Schwager took second and third in the same events and qualified for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in both.

Bethel was one of 10 schools competing Feb. 26 and one of nine Feb. 27. Also in the Hastings College section, sophomores Chris Riesen, Beatrice, Neb., and Aaron Rudeen, Osage City, were second in Duo Interpretation. With Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, Matthew Frey, freshman from Moundridge, and Hank Unruh, freshman from Newton, also competing, Bethel brought home the third-place Team Sweepstakes Award.

Feb. 27, in the K-State section of the tournaments, Riesen and Rudeen were second in Duo Interpretation, Miller fifth in poetry interpretation and Unruh fifth in Impromptu Speaking. Frey also competed.

Bethel now has nine members of its forensics squad qualified for AFA-NIET in nine different events. Six of the nine have qualified in two or more events. The national tournament will be held this year at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, April 1-4.

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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