NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College forensics squad will say goodbye to five seniors this year – and all of them have qualified for the 2013 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament.
The squad will send seven members in nine events to AFA-NIET, April 5-8 on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. Bethel has qualified at least one student for AFA-NIET for its entire existence, since 1978.
The annual nationals preview is April 1 at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center, and is free and open to the public.
Competing for Bethel are seniors Audra Miller, Hesston (fourth straight nationals in After Dinner Speaking), Julia Miller, Hesston (Persuasive Speaking; Duo Interpretation with Aaron Rudeen), Chris Riesen, Beatrice, Neb. (Prose Interpretation), Aaron Rudeen, Osage City (Duo Interpretation with Julia Miller) and Natalie Stucky (Informative Speaking), along with juniors Marike Stucky, Moundridge (Prose Interpretation; Program of Oral Interpretation) and Henry Unruh, Newton (Impromptu Speaking).
Audra Miller’s After Dinner Speech is on the tension between “millennials” and older employees in the workforce, while Julia Miller’s Persuasive Speech looks at the need for mid-level dental practitioners in under-served areas.
Riesen’s Prose Interpretation treats the short story “The Bear with the Quantum Heart” by Rene Carter Hall. Rudeen and Julia Miller’s Duo Interpretation uses the play Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph.
Marike Stucky’s Prose Interpretation is of the short story “We Show What We Have Learned” by Clare Beems. Her Program of Oral Interpretation combines selections from several literary genres on the theme of facing up to end-of-life issues.
Natalie Stucky’s Informative Speech deals with the development and applications of flexible electronic devices.
Unruh’s Impromptu Speech requires him to prepare and present a speech based on one of two quotations he will draw at the beginning of the seven-minute time period.
John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, serves as head coach, assisted by Gail Niles Stucky, Bethel co-director of libraries, and Mark Stucky, retired Moundridge High School speech and forensics teacher.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthlyannual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.http://www.bethelks.edu