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Forensics competition begins with ‘Debates on a Plain’

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team opened the season with trips to Hutchinson Community College Sept. 24 and Sterling College Sept. 25 to compete in the “Debates on a Plain” Swing Tournaments.

HCC hosted the tournaments on its campus. Bethel was one of 22 schools competing.

Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, took second place in Dramatic Interpretation on both Saturday and Sunday. She was also fifth in Prose Interpretation in the Sterling half of the swing.

In the HCC half, Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking and Mycah Westhoff, freshman from Newton, in her first college competition, was a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation.

In the Sterling tournament, Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, took fifth in Informative Speaking.

Also competing for Bethel were Taylor Ambrosi, sophomore from Independence, Mo., Brendan Bergen, freshman from Moundridge, Julia Miller, junior from Hesston, Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., Alli Rudeen, freshman from Osage City, Henry Unruh, sophomore from Newton, and Sarah Unruh, senior from Raytown, Mo.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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