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Two forensics competitors claim first-place finishes

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two members of Bethel College’s forensics squad took first place in their events at the Dragon/Loper Rodeo Swing tournament, on the campus of Hutchinson Community College Nov. 5-6.

HCC and the University of Nebraska-Kearney were tournament hosts.

In the HCC Dragon Tournament, on Saturday, Nov. 5, Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, finished first in After Dinner Speaking and Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., was first in Dramatic Interpretation.

Also at that tournament, Brendan Bergen, freshman from Moundridge, took third in Informative Speaking and Zachary Buchta, freshman from Newton, was fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, in the UN-Kearney Loper Tournament, Bergen again finished third in Informative Speaking. Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, took fifth in Prose Interpretation and Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, was fifth in Informative 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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