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Forensics team travels to Oklahoma for Sweetheart Swing

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics competitors traveled to Oklahoma over the weekend for the Sweetheart Swing Tournaments, Feb. 11-12.

The University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University (Canyon) hosted the tournaments on the OU campus in Norman.

Julia Miller, junior from Hesston, and Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., both had first-place finishes in the OU tournament, Feb. 11, in Persuasive Speaking and Prose Interpretation, respectively.

Also at the OU tournament, Aaron Rudeen, junior from Osage City, was third in After Dinner Speaking and Hank Unruh, sophomore from Newton, placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

At the West Texas A&M tournament, Feb. 12, Miller was second in Persuasive Speaking and Riesen fifth in Prose Interpretation.

Rudeen placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking and Miller also competed in Poetry Interpretation, taking sixth.

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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