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Bethel qualifies second competitor for 2014 forensics nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College senior Hank Unruh, Newton, crossed the hump to qualify for the 2014 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament.

The Thresher forensics squad traveled to back-to-back tournaments the first two weekends of February.

Unruh, junior Leland Brown, Galveston, Texas, and sophomore Hannah Brinker, Shawnee, competed in the Border Wars Swing Feb. 1-2, hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University and Cameron University, Lawton, Okla., on the KWU campus in Salina.

Bethel was one of 14 others schools in the KWU half, and one of nine schools in the CU half.

In the Sunday tournament, Unruh finished 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking and was next out in After Dinner Speaking, while Brown was 7th in Dramatic Interpretation.

The three students, along with freshmen Jacob Miller, Westmoreland, and Clinton Unruh, Newton, were on the campus of Hutchinson Community College Feb. 8-9 for the Zombie Apocalypse Swing, with hosts HCC and Sterling College.

A total of 12 schools competed both days.

Hank Unruh’s1st-place finish in Impromptu Speaking in the Saturday tournament qualified him for AFA-NIET. He is the second qualifier after Miller.

AFA-NIET will be held on the campus of Arizona State University and is tentatively scheduled for April 4-7.

Unruh was also 4th in After Dinner Speaking while Brown placed 5th in Dramatic Interpretation.

In the Sunday tournament, Unruh finished 3rd in Impromptu Speaking and 4th in After Dinner Speaking. Brown was next out in Dramatic Interpretation.

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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