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Forensics qualifies another for nationals, welcomes new coach

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad finished the fall season with tournaments in Hutchinson and Manhattan and a second team member qualified for nationals.

At the Dragon/Loper Rodeo Swing Tournament, Nov. 4 on the campus of Hutchinson Community College, Marike Stucky, junior from Moundridge, finished first in Program of Oral Interpretation, which qualified her for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament next spring.

Stucky also took fourth in Prose Interpretation.

Also at HCC, Brendan Bergen, sophomore from Moundridge, took first in both Informative Speaking and After Dinner Speaking.

The next weekend, Nov. 11, at the K-State Alumni Tournament on the campus of Kansas State University, Aaron Rudeen, senior from Osage City, and Chris Riesen, senior from Beatrice, Neb., were third in Duo Interpretation. In addition, Rudeen finished sixth in After Dinner Speaking.

Bergen took fourth in Informative Speaking and fifth in After Dinner Speaking.

On Nov. 29, Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs,announced that Mark Stucky, Moundridge, had accepted a position as assistant coach and recruiter for forensics, beginning in January.

John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts and director of forensics, created the position this year, with funding from an off-budget gift account, “to provide additional coaching assistance and recruiting coordination for the forensics program,” Born said.

McCabe-Juhnke, along with Assistant Coach Gail Stucky, remain in their positions with Bethel forensics.

Mark Stucky brings to Bethel a long history of successful coaching in debate and forensics at both college and high school levels, most recently at Moundridge High School, from which he retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

At MHS, Stucky taught debate/forensics, drama and interpersonal communication and was head debate and forensics coach.

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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