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Forensics has its first qualifier for 2014 nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A first-year student on the Bethel College forensics squad was also the first to qualify for the national tournament next April.

On the second day of the Green Country Swing Tournament, Nov. 16-17 on the campus of Tulsa (Okla.) Community College, Jacob Miller, freshman from Westmoreland, took second in After Dinner Speaking.

Following a fifth-place finish in After Dinner Speaking on Day 1 of the swing tournament, Miller is now qualified in the event for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament at Arizona State University in April.

The Green Country Swing was hosted by Tulsa Community College on Saturday and Cameron University, Lawton, Okla., on Sunday. Bethel was one of 16 schools competing.

In the first tournament, in addition to Miller’s fifth place, Hank Unruh, senior from Newton, took second in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking and Clinton Unruh, freshman from Newton, was seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Both Unruhs competed, along with Miller, in the second tournament as well. Hank Unruh finished third in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.

“Bethel placed fifth in speech for both tournaments and fifth overall in speech for the weekend,” said Mallory Marsh, director of forensics who is in her first year with the Threshers. “This team placement was especially significant considering we had such a small squad compared to some of the teams we beat.”

Bethel’s next scheduled tournament is after the new year, the Nebraska in Kansas Swing hosted by Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jan. 25-26 in Manhattan.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 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 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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