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Threshers make an impact at fall forensics tournaments

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A small but mighty Bethel College Threshers forensics squad has been busy with tournaments so far this fall.

After Day 1 of the Golden Eagle Swing, held Oct. 24-26 on the campus of John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Bethel had earned fifth place, with sophomore Jacob Miller, Westmoreland, as tournament champion in Informative Speaking.

JBU and Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, co-hosted the Golden Eagle Swing. Bethel was one of 13 schools competing on Day 1, with 10 on Day 2.

Miller also placed 2nd in Persuasive Speaking, 3rd in After Dinner Speaking, 4th in Impromptu Speaking and and 3rd in individual sweepstakes.

Competing in addition, and contributing to the team placement, were sophomore Clinton Unruh, Newton, and freshmen Kendra Gonzales, Minneapolis, and Kaitlyn Scribner, Delia.

On the second day of the tournament, the Threshers again finished fifth as a team. Miller earned another tournament championship, this one in Persuasive Speaking.

Unruh placed 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Gonzales and Scribner each finished 6th, in Prose Interpretation and Persuasive Speaking, respectively.

Scribner also received the Top Novice award in Persuasive Speaking.

Miller is already well on his way to qualifying for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) next spring.

At Debates on a Plain, held at Hutchinson Community College Sept. 27-28, he took 3rd in Informative Speaking. At the Sunflower Swing, which Bethel co-hosted with Sterling College on the Bethel campus Oct. 11-12, Miller finished 4th in After Dinner Speaking.

Bethel forensics head coach is Mallory Marsh, with assistance from Gail Stucky, co-director of libraries.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 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 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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