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Forensics team competes in Central States Swing

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics team stayed busy, with a number of students competing in the Central States Swing Tournament, Oct. 27-28 at Metropolitan Community College at Longview, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

On Day 1, seniors Aaron Rudeen, Osage City, and Julia Miller, Hesston, took second in Duo Interpretation, while the team of Rudeen and Chris Riesen, senior from Beatrice, Neb., were sixth in the same event.

Hank Unruh, junior from Newton, was fourth in Persuasive Speaking; Riesen fifth in Prose Interpretation; and Laird Goertzen, freshman from Goessel, seventh in Impromptu Speaking.

Day 2 saw Riesen with a first place in Prose Interpretation, and Miller fourth in Persuasive Speaking. Rudeen and Riesen finished fifth in Duo Interpretation, and Unruh sixth in Persuasive Speaking.

Hannah Brinker, freshman from Shawnee, also competed both days.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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