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Marike Stucky is first qualifier for 2012 forensics nationals

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

At the Central States Swing Part I, Saturday, Oct. 29, at Metro Community College-Longview in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, finished fourth in Dramatic Interpretation, which will send her to the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament in that event. AFA-NIET 2012 will take place at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Stucky was also a semi-finalist in Prose Interpretation at the Central States Swing Part I.

A weekend earlier, Bethel forensics team members competed in the Speech Unlimited Alumni Swing at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, was sixth in After Dinner Speaking at the Lynn Ross Individual Events Classic. Julia Miller, junior from Hesston, took fifth in Persuasive Speaking at the KSU Alumni Tournament, held Sunday, Oct. 23.

At the Central States Swing Part I, Hank Unruh, sophomore from Newton, finished fifth in Impromptu Speaking.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, Marike Stucky was again a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation at the Central States Swing Part II. Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, finished fourth in Informative Speaking and fifth in Persuasive Speaking.

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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