Mock Trial Earns Bid to the Opening Round Championship Series
Northwood’s Mock Trial Team Earns Bid to the Opening Round Championship Series
A Regional Mock Trial Tournament hosted by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) was held in Joliet, Illinois where 26 teams competed last Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday following the completion of four rounds (two trials representing the prosecution and two representing the defense), a Northwood University team finished at the top by winning every round and earning the Spirit of AMTA Award for exemplifying the ideals of honesty, civility, and fair play. Northwood along with 6 other teams earned the right to compete in the Opening Round of Championships in March:
Outstanding Trial Teams–(Earning bids to the Opening Round Championship Series held March 23-25, 2018, Hamilton, Ohio) Northwood University 7.5 Wins (Combined Strength: 17.5, Opponents Combined Strength: 74.5, Point Differential: 45) Elmhurst College 7 Wins (CS: 11, OCS: 72, PD: 63) Northwestern University 7 Wins (CS: 9.5, OCS: 81, PD: 56) University of Michigan 6 Wins (CS: 16.5, OCS: 71.5, PD: 71) University of Illinois at Chicago 6 Wins (CS: 14.5, OCS: 64.5, PD: 48) Northern Illinois University 6 Wins (CS: 13.5, OCS: 75, PD: 18) Hillsdale College 5.5 Wins (CS: 19.5, OCS: 67.5, PD: 42)
The Northwood team consisting of Chris Grant, Kris Murphy, Devon Peasley, Ricky Ascherl, Simeon Lawrence, Zach Messner and Karli Zubek earned those awards by winning their rounds against:
— The University of Michigan,
— Hillsdale College
— Northern Illinois University and
— St. Norbert College.
In addition to the team awards, two of the students earned individual awards. Simeon Lawrence earned one of the eleven Outstanding Witness Awards given out at this tournament. Christopher Grant was the only student in the tournament to earn enough ranking points to qualify for an Outstanding Attorney Award on both the prosecution and the defense side of the case.
Northwood had two teams competing at Joliet. The team of Parker Lukenbill, Chris Whitburn, Alexis Thornton, Josh Weckesser, Victoria Bell, Nick Freeman, Lexi Rabidue, Steven Redder, Kara Sogge and Jacob Walters defeated Saint Xavier University, split ballots with one Northwestern team, narrowly lost to a different Northwestern team and was narrowly edged out by the University of Illinois. This young talented team has a bring future ahead. Special thanks to Ashton Brooks, a Champion-In-Training who assisted both teams in multiple ways.
For more details on the awards earned at the 2018 Joliet, IL AMTA Regional Tournament results, see pages 3 and 4:
The awards earned yesterday are celebrated this week only. When the seven teams listed above (who have already earned bids to the 2018 March AMTA ORCS Tournament in Hamilton, OH) are joined by 17 additional teams who also qualify through one of AMTA’s other February regional tournaments, the competition will begin anew. Each team’s slate will have been wiped completely clean when all 24 teams assemble next month in Hamilton, Ohio with a revised case packet and a clear understanding that only 6 teams from that very competitive field will be invited to compete at the final tournament of the year. Efforts to earn one of those coveted spots will require practice during Northwood’s spring break. Since no food service is offered during that week, we will graciously accept any lunch or dinner invitations extended!
Congratulations on a job well done, Mock Trial!