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Stucky qualifies for second forensics nationals event

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College forensics team member Marike Stucky, junior from Moundridge, has qualified for the national tournament in her second event.

On the second day of the Border Wars Swing Tournament, Feb. 2-3 on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Stucky finished first in Prose Interpretation, which qualified her for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament this spring.

Stucky also took third in Dramatic Interpretation.

She is now qualified to compete in both Program of Oral Interpretation and Prose Interpretation at AFA-NIET, to be held April 5-8 on the campus of Hutchinson Community College.

On the first day of the tournament, Julia Miller, senior from Hesston, was third in Persuasive Speaking and finished fourth, with Aaron Rudeen, senior from Osage City, in Duet Acting.

Chris Riesen, senior from Beatrice, Neb., took fifth in Prose Interpretation.

Other competitors on Day 1 were Hannah Brinker, freshman from Shawnee, Leland Brown, sophomore from Galveston, Texas, Marike Stucky and Natalie Stucky, senior from Moundridge.

On the tournament’s second day, Miller finished third in Persuasive Speaking and Natalie Stucky was sixth in Informative Speaking.

Brinker also competed on Day 2.

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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