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Kerry Bloomfield

Maple Grove, MN
Year: Senior
Majors: History, Biology

Events: Impromptu, Extemp, Parli Debate

Fun Fact: I enjoy embarrassing quotations, running away from things, and 4-syllable words.

Gina Graham

Trego, WI
Year: Senior
Major: Spanish Education and Communication Arts and Literature Education

Events: Communication Analysis, Prose, Program Oral Interp, Perusasion, Readers' Theater

Katie Saffell

Rapid City, South Dakota
Major: English Literature and Writing

Events: Poetry, Readers' Theater

Fun facts: I enjoy small dogs and pretentious English major jokes.

Nathan Strecker

Fridley, MN
Major: Missional Ministries

Events: After Dinner, Impromptu, Readers' Theater, Parli Debate

Fun facts: I enjoy Legos and bow ties.

Gabriel Day

Renton, WA
Major: Engineering

Events: Parli Debate, Extemp

Nathan Bajema

Sioux Falls, SD
First Year
Major: Nursing


Nick Hodge

New Prague, MN
First Year
Major: Political Science


Anna Martin

St. Paul, MN
First Year
Major: Social Work

Events: Dramatic Interp

Lizzy McClure

Superior, WI
First Year
Major: Social Work


Peter Olson-Enamorado

Little Canada, MN
First Year
Majors: International Relations, International Business

Events: Parli Debate, Extemp

Rachel Rosell

Lake Elmo, MN
Major: Elementary Education


Alyssa Teh

Chaska, MN
First Year
Majors: Media Production, Graphic Design



Michael Dreher

Dr. Michael Dreher is the Director of Forensics. He is a Professor of Communication Studies, and the Director for the M.A. in Communication program. He has been at Bethel since 1997. Dr. Dreher competed for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he received his B.A. in Speech Communication/Theater and Mathematics. His M.A. is from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. is from Louisiana State University. He serves as webmaster of several forensics websites. He is the tournament director for the National Christian College Forensics Invitational, and previously served as tournament director for Novice Nationals. He has also served as the Executive Secretary for the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association and for the Valley Forensics League, and served as the acting Executive Secretary for the Twin Cities Forensics League.

Dr. Dreher received outstanding coaching awards at the Creighton/Concordia swing (October 2002), the National Christian College Forensics Invitational (March 2003), and the Minnesota State University-Mankato tournament (October 2004). He also received the President's Service Award from the National Forensic Association in April 2014.

Jessica Samens

Jessica Samens is the Assistant Director of Forensics, and an instructor of Communication Studies. Jessica has been at Bethel since 2009. 

Jessica has taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato, where she received her M.A. Jessica has served as a graduate assistant for the MSU-Mankato forensics team. Jessica's B.A. is in Communication from Winona State University, where she served as a student coach and leader of the forensics team. Jessica is currently working on her doctorate in health communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jessica is a former chair of the Argumentation and Forensics division for the Central States Communication Association. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association.

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