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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Back in Oklahoma for the second time in a month, the Bethel College forensics squad had a highly successful day of competition.

The team came home with two more members qualified for nationals and a second-place finish out of 14 schools, with all Bethel competitors advancing to final rounds.

At the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, on the campus of host Oklahoma City University, Julia Miller, junior from Hesston, finished first in Persuasive Speaking, which qualified her for nationals in that event.

She also took sixth place in Poetry Interpretation.

Aaron Rudeen, junior from Osage City, also qualified for nationals in After Dinner Speaking, with a third-place finish in that event. He and Miller were fourth in Duo Interpretation.

Taylor Ambrosi, sophomore from Independence, Mo., was second in Informative Speaking and third in Dramatic Interpretation.

Chris Riesen, junior from Beatrice, Neb., finished third in Prose Interpretation and sixth in Dramatic Interpretation. He and Audra Miller, junior from Hesston, took fifth in Duo Interpretation.

Natalie Stucky, junior from Moundridge, was third in Persuasive Speaking, and Hank Unruh, sophomore from Newton, took fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Bethel earned second place in the Individual Events 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's forensics squad will give its annual Nationals Preview Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.

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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