The Bethel College forensics team brought home two team trophies and qualified its first member for the 2009 national tournament over the weekend at Hutchinson Community College.


The Bethel College forensics team brought home two team trophies and qualified its first member for the 2009 national tournament over the weekend at Hutchinson Community College.

The Threshers competed against 15 other schools in the Blue Dragon Invitational — debate tournament Nov. 7 and forensics tournament Nov. 8 — and against 14 schools in the Blue Dragon Alumni Invitational, a forensics tournament, Nov. 9.

In parliamentary debate, the team of Becky Buchta, senior from Newton, and Seth Williams, freshman from Newton, went to semifinals. Buchta received the second-place Speaker Award.

In the Saturday forensics tournament, Buchta was second in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Persuasive Speaking. Julia Huxman, freshman from Wichita, was third in Persuasive Speaking. Brian Skinner, freshman from Clay Center, was sixth in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.

In the Sunday forensics tournament, Huxman placed first in Persuasive Speaking and Sarah Pohl, freshman from Moundridge, was first in Dramatic Interpretation. Pohl also took fourth in Prose Interpretation and fifth in After Dinner Speaking.

Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, and Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, took second in Duo Interpretation while Alex Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge/Galva, was second in Impromptu Speaking. He also took sixth in After Dinner Speaking.

Matthew Stucky, junior from Moundridge, was third in Extemporaneous Speaking, which qualifies him in that event for the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament next spring.

Buchta was fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Heather Robertsen, junior from Newton, was seventh in Poetry Interpretation.

Other Bethel students competing were Nicole Eaton, freshman from Dodge City; Christopher Eitzen, sophomore from Xalapa, Mexico; Lori Galliardt, fifth-year student from McPherson; Kyvie Lahman, freshman from Minneola; Joshua Powell, junior from Basehor; and freshman Sarah Unruh.

The Bethel College team earned second place overall in Sunday’s Alumni Invitational Tournament and brought home first place as a team for all three days combined.