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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics competitors got back into action after the Christmas break and interterm with two swing tournaments over the past two weekends.

At the Zombie Apocalypse Swing Tournaments, hosted by Hutchinson Community College and Sterling College on the HCC campus Jan. 28-29, Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, and Hank Unruh, sophomore from Newton, both took first place, in Poetry Interpretation and Impromptu Speaking, respectively. This was part of the HCC segment of the tournament, Jan. 28.

Also on Jan. 28, Unruh finished third in Extemporaneous Speaking and Stucky was sixth in Prose Interpretation. Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, took fifth in Informative Speaking.

In the Sterling College segment of the tournament, Jan. 29, Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, was second in After Dinner Speaking, qualifying for nationals in that event for the third straight year.

Aaron Rudeen, junior from Osage City, took third in Prose Interpretation. Unruh was fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Communication Analysis. Brendan Bergen, freshman from Moundridge, finished fifth in Informative Speaking and Marike Stucky was fifth in Poetry Interpretation.

Bethel was one of nine schools competing in both segments of the Zombie Apocalypse Swing.

The following weekend, Feb. 4-5, Bethel’s forensics team competed in the Border Wars Swing Tournaments, hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University and Metro Community College-Longview, Lee’s Summit, Mo., on the KWU campus in Salina.

In the KWU segment, Feb. 4, Bethel was one of 16 schools competing and in the MCC segment, Feb. 5, one of 13.

On Saturday, Natalie Stucky placed third in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Informative Speaking, while Marike Stucky was fourth in both Poetry Interpretation and Prose Interpretation.

On Sunday, Natalie Stucky took third in Informative Speaking and sixth in Persuasive Speaking. Rudeen was fourth in After Dinner Speaking. Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., finished sixth in Prose Interpretation.

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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