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Forensics qualifies two more for national tournament

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has qualified two more forensics competitors for the national tournament in April.

The forensics squad participated with teams from six other schools in the Kansas Individual Events Championships at Ottawa University Saturday, Feb. 18.

Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, is state champion in prose interpretation and, with a second-place finish in poetry interpretation, qualified for nationals in that event.

Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, and Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., are state champions in Duo Interpretation. Riesen was also fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and Miller sixth in Prose Interpretation.

Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, took second in Informative Speaking, which qualifies her for nationals in that event. She also placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking.

Aaron Rudeen, junior from Osage City, finished second in After Dinner Speaking. Rudeen and Julia Miller, junior from Hesston, were third in Duo Interpretation. Miller took sixth in Poetry Interpretation.

Hank Unruh, sophomore from Newton, was fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Bethel College took third place in Team Sweepstakes.

The American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament will be April 7-9 on the campus of Texas State University, San Marcos.

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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