Four members of the Bethel College forensics squad earned trophies at the Kansas Individual Events Championship Tournament on Nov. 19 at Sterling College.


Four members of the Bethel College forensics squad earned trophies at the Kansas Individual Events Championship Tournament on Nov. 19 at Sterling College.

Sophomores Chris Riesen, Beatrice, Neb., and Aaron Rudeen, Osage City, are state champions in duo interpretation; Brandon Schwager, junior from Lawrence, in impromptu speaking; and Marike Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, in poetry interpretation.

These and other strong performances in forensics helped Bethel bring home third place in the individual events team sweepstakes. Thirteen schools, including Bethel, competed.

With her top finish in poetry interpretation, Stucky qualified for her third event in the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament . She already had qualified in dramatic interpretation and programmed oral interpretation.

Joe Fitch, sophomore from Independence, Mo., also qualified for his second event at AFA-NIET with a second-place finish in dramatic interpretation. He already had qualified, with Taylor Ambrosi, freshman from Independence, Mo., in duo interpretation.

Bethel now has eight members of its forensics squad qualified for AFA-NIET in nine different events. The national tournament will be April 1 through 4 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Also at the state tournament, Rudeen was second in after dinner speaking; Ambrosi and Fitch finished third in duo interpretation; Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, took fourth in prose interpretation; Natalie Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, was fourth in persuasive speaking; and Julia Huxman, junior from Wichita, finished fifth in persuasive speaking. C.J. Fischer, freshman from Newton, and Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, also competed.