What is Bethel Forensics?


Spring 2014:

Christian College Nationals:

Bethel was 5th place in IE sweepstakes, 1st place in debate sweepstakes (limited entry division). Caitlin Navratil took 7th place in Novice Speech Sweepstakes and 8th place in Novice Tournament Sweepstakes (for debate and IE). Bethel had 5 people in Open Impromptu elim rounds as well as 9 other finalists. All 3 debate teams advanced to elims, and Emma Beecken was 3rd place Novice Parli Speaker.  Complete details on the results page.

Valley Forensics League #5:

Matt Sundquist won both Impromptu and Extemp, with 3 Bethel people in Impromptu finals. Sophia Nagle ended her career with 2nd in Oral Interp and 4th in Prose, and Caitlin Navratil took 3rd in Oral Interp. Complete details on the results page.

TCFL #4:

Katlyn Humrichouse has a double break (3rd in Persuasion, 5th in Impromptu).

Icebox Classic (St. Cloud)

Emma Beecken was 2nd in Persuasion, 4th in Impromptu, and in quarters of parli debate with Abby Stocker. Kyle Arvila was 7th in Extemp and in quarters of parli debate, and Kelsey Widman was 6th in Informative. Emma was also 5th place in individual sweepstakes.

TCFL #4:

Micah Tweeten takes 2nd in After Dinner.

Sleet and Snow Invitational

Bethel wins parli and has a semifinalist team (Kyle Arvila and Matt Sundquist win; Emma Beecken and Abby Stocker were in semis) and had 4 of the top 6 speakers. Samantha Stocker made Communication Analysis finals. Sam Schedler took 4th in After Dinner at the Sleet Invitational at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

Fall 2013:

Bethel advances to two final rounds at UW-Stout

Sam Schedler takes 2nd place in After Dinner; Emma Beecken takes 5th in Persuasion. 

Twin Cities #2 and #3:

Caitlin Navratil made finals at both tournaments in Impromptu (her first finals breaks), and Seth Patrin made Extemp finals in TCFL #3 (at his first tournament!). Isaac Kirschstein also made Persuasion finals at his first tournament (TCFL #2). 

Vocal Viking: Bethel takes 5th place in team sweepstakes

Bethel has 5 IE finalists and 2 parli teams advance to elimination rounds 

Bethel advances to two final rounds at Jackrabbit Jousts

Tommy Monson takes 5th in Impromptu, was the 3rd place parli debate speaker, and along with Jasmine Nabhan, took 2nd in parli debate. 

Spring 2013:

Bethel takes 2nd place in Division I team sweepstakes at Christian College Nationals

Bethel has 1 individual national championship (Sam Schedler, Novice ADS), and 8 individual sweepstakes awards, including 4 of the top 10 novice in speech sweepstakes. Full results on the results page.

Bethel takes 2nd place in debate team sweepstakes and 4th place in overall sweepstakes at State

Abby Stocker wins a state championship in Minnesota Informative speaking; Bethel has two Oratory finalists for the first time in school history (Emma Beecken and Sophie Nagle). Bethel's debaters went 11-1 in prelim rounds, advancing two teams and a hybrid team into the elimination rounds. More details - and other speech finalists - on the results page. 

Team seeks more of our past history If you have any information on the team, especially pre-1997 history, please contact Dr. Michael Dreher We'd love to share that history on the website!

  • Intercollegiate speech and debate 
  • A place to get to know new friends 
  • 2-time team champions at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational (2006, overall; 2007, individual events)
  • Home of 2 National Parliamentary Debate Association All-Americans (David Maus, 2007; David Dickmeyer, 2009)
  • Open to any major, and any year in school -- no experience necessary!
  • A team that strives for success in forensics and in the classroom
  • A place for you! 
2013-2014 Bethel Forensics Team at Christian College Nationals

2013-2014 Team: Front row (L-R): Gina Graham, Abby Stocker, Alicia Waters, Samantha Stocker, Sam Schedler, Emma Martin, Lacy (Larson) Jabas (Asst. Coach). Middle row (L-R): Jessica Samens (Asst. Director), Caitlin Navratil, Emma Beecken, Katlyn Humrichouse. Back Row (L-R): Tom Monson, Dr. Michael Dreher (Director), Rachel Cole, Matt Sundquist, Kyle Arvila, Kelsey Widman, Zach Goscha

Bethel Forensics is...

Bethel's Forensics team is a different kind of team. As this website expands, we will tell more of the story of what makes us different -- our commitment to the pedagogical value of forensics (as witnessed by as many as 50 students competing every year), our commitment to our religious tradition, and our desire that forensics be a positive experience for all who participate. You can find out more about how we feel in our mission statement, as well as in the team history. Whether you're one of our alums, someone considering our program, or want to learn more about college forensics, come find out more about us!

If you're a Bethel student wondering why you should be involved in forensics, please check out our information just for you.

Do you want to learn more about the different types of events? We have a list of them available. 

We're the tournament directors for the Novice Nationals Individual Events and Parli tournament, and we host several college forensics websites.

A sitemap for the Bethel Forensics website is available, as is our 2014-2015 schedule of tournaments.

Bethel Forensics is a part of the Department of Communication Studies at Bethel University.

If you're looking for information about the field of forensic science and criminology, you're not in the right place! We recommend that you consult Google or another search engine, and use a search term that includes "not speech" or "not debate."

For more information about the forensics team or this site, contact Dr. Michael Dreher, Director of Forensics, or Prof. Jessica Samens, Assistant Director of Forensics.

Website last updated: 8 September 2014