The Bethel forensics squad will say goodbye to five seniors this year -- and all of them have qualified for the 2013 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).
The squad will send seven members in nine events to AFA-NIET, April 5-8 on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. Bethel has qualified at least one student for AFA-NIET for its entire existence, since 1978.
The annual nationals preview is April 1 at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center, and is free and open to the public.
Competing for Bethel are seniors Audra Miller, Hesston (fourth straight nationals in After Dinner Speaking), Julia Miller, Hesston (Persuasive Speaking; Duo Interpretation with Aaron Rudeen), Chris Riesen, Beatrice, Neb. (Prose Interpretation), Aaron Rudeen, Osage City (Duo Interpretation with Julia Miller) and Natalie Stucky (Informative Speaking), along with juniors Marike Stucky, Moundridge (Prose Interpretation; Program of Oral Interpretation) and Henry Unruh, Newton (Impromptu Speaking).