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Bethel continues to qualify for nationals in forensics

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student has qualified his second event and another will be making his first trip to the 2014 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament.

Hank Unruh, senior from Newton, who had already qualified in Impromptu Speaking, finished second in Extemporaneous Speaking at the Kansas State Individual Events (KASIE) tournament, held Feb. 15 on the Bethel campus.

That was enough to give him the third leg needed to qualify for the event at AFA-NIET.

Unruh also took first in After Dinner Speaking at the KASIE tournament.

Bethel junior Leland Brown, Galveston, Texas, was first in Dramatic Interpretation, which qualified him for nationals.

He also finished third in Duo Interpretation (with Jacob Miller, freshman from Westmoreland) and fourth in Prose Interpretation.

Miller had a first place in Informative Speaking in addition to his third place with Brown.

Clinton Unruh, freshman from Newton, took second in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Issei Tsuji, sophomore from Chiba-shi, Japan, finished third in After Dinner Speaking.

Hannah Brinker, sophomore from Shawnee, also competed in the KASIE tournament. Bethel was one of seven schools in the tournament.

“Bethel entered students in seven events at KASIE, and we were thrilled to walk away with a finalist in all seven of those events while earning either first place or second place in five,” said Mallory Marsh, director of forensics.

“What’s even more rewarding is qualifying two more events to nationals, and having junior Leland Brown added to the competitors now qualified for the AFA-NIET hosted by Arizona State University in April.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com 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 www.bethelks.edu.

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