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Nov. 10, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University mock trial team earned its first-ever top-three finish while hosting the Bearcat Invitational Mock Trial Tournament Nov. 5-6.
The first-ever mock trial tournament at Northwest included 10 teams and consisted of four rounds over two days, totaling 20 trials. Northwest finished second behind Creighton University and ahead of the University of Kansas.
Each year the American Mock Trial Association selects a hypothetical case for use by its registered university programs. This year's case involved a wrongful death and product liability case, in which a toy company was sued by the parent of a child who died after eating chemical-laced beads from his sister's toy jewelry set.
Three Northwest students won individual awards. Bree Berner, a junior political science major from Independence, won an attorney award, earning 17 marks out of possible 20. Elizabeth Chipps, a senior biology major from Seoul, South Korea, and Patrick Winkler, a senior pre-law major from Kansas City, won witness awards, earning 17 and 14 marks, respectively.
Berner is president of the 2010-11 Northwest mock trial team. The team's vice president is Blair Henry, a senior political science major from Hamilton.
Ieishia Muncy, a sophomore English and history major from Grain Valley, is secretary, and Paul Wilson, a junior political science major from Clarinda, Iowa, is treasurer. Chipps is the team's disciplinarian.
The team also includes Justin Yates, Patrick Winkler, Bradley Wenz, Amanda Docter, Brandi Docter, Paul Brothers, Brandon Alexander and Cody Hooten.
Dan Smith, assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science is the team's advisor and coach.
Northwest faculty, local attorneys and judges, and Northwest alumni from Kansas City, St. Joseph and Omaha, Neb., participated as volunteer judges.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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