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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 24, 2010

Mock Trial Team finishes season; earns second place for spirit award

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Mock Trial Team concluded its 2009-2010 season over the weekend, earning a spirit award at the regional competition along with multiple individual awards throughout the season.

The American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament was Friday and Saturday in Columbia, Mo. The team finished second in balloting for the Spirit of AMTA Award, which is AMTA's peer-evaluated sportsmanship award given at each regional. Northwest earned 28 out of a possible 30 points and narrowly missed Quincy University's 29 points.

Amanda Petelin, a senior from Lee's Summit, Mo., also received a witness award, tying for second place with a score of 19 points out of a possible 20. Bree Berner, a sophomore from Independence, Mo., and Patrick Winkler, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., narrowly missed receiving attorney awards. Berner and Elizabeth Chipps, a senior from Seoul, South Korea, narrowly missed receiving witness awards.

"Seven of our eight competitors at the regional were in their first year of college mock trial competition," said coach Dan Smith, assistant professor in the history, humanities, philosophy and political science department. "The fact that our team was as competitive as they were this year is a tribute to our students, and hopefully a stepping stone for next year."

Smith also noted a team captain fell ill just before the regional competition and some of the team members had to shuffle their roles.

Earlier this season, at the Blue Jay Invitational, Jan. 22-23 in Omaha, Neb., Berner and Petelin received witness awards. Berner scored 17 points, while Petelin earned 18.

At the Jayhawk Invitational, Nov. 20-21 in Lawrence, Kan., Berner received attorney and witness awards. She earned 18 points as an attorney and 19 as a witness.

Northwest's Mock Trial Team competes in regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association. Students prepare cases and play the roles of attorneys and witnesses during simulated trials before professional judges and attorneys. Mock Trial gives undergraduate students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the judicial process and the work of trial attorneys, as well as honing communications skills.

For more information, visit The American Mock Trial Association , or contact coach Dan Smith at 660.562.1293 or DESMITH@NWMISSOURI.EDU.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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