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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 28, 2012

Mock trial team earns honorable mention at regional contest

Northwest Missouri State University’s mock trial team recently received an honorable mention at the American Mock Trial Association’s 2012 Kansas City Regional Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Northwest ranked with Luther College (Iowa) in a tie for ninth place among 24 competing teams from 16 schools throughout the midwest. The top eight teams received bids to the opening round of the national championships, March 16-18, at Washington University in St. Louis.

By receiving an honorable mention, the Northwest team is placed on the open bid list for the opening round of the national tournament. If qualifying teams turn down bids, Northwest could compete in the national tournament.

“While qualifying would have been even better, this is a first for our program, not to mention that this team includes three freshmen and one member who joined in December to replace a graduating senior,” said Daniel Smith, who coaches the team in addition to serving as assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science. 

Along with the team honor, Jennifer Evans, a senior psychology major and criminal justice minor from Stanberry, was honored with an Outstanding Witness Award.

The Northwest mock trial “A Team” consists of seniors Evans, Paul Brothers (political science major and criminal justice minor from Clarinda, Iowa) and Paul Wilson (political science major and history minor from Clarinda, Iowa); sophomore Brandi Docter (marketing major from Firth, Neb.); and freshmen Joseph Moore (political science major from Pleasant Hill) and Marlon Oliver (pre-law major from St. Louis).

Ashley Phelps, a freshman business management major from Kellerton, Iowa, is the team’s official timekeeper.

Seven other students compete on the mock trial team’s “B Team.” The Northwest mock trial team expects to return 11 members next year, which will be the largest number of returning students in the team’s history, Smith said.

At the Mid-Missouri Invitational Jan. 13-14 in Columbia, Brothers won an Outstanding Attorney Award, and Kayla Helmig (freshman instrumental music education major and psychology minor from Owensville), who is a member of the “B Team,” won a witness award. At the Blue Jay Invitational Jan. 21-22 at Creighton University (Neb.), Brothers and Ryan Williams (junior political science major and criminal justice minor from Albany), who captains the “B Team,” won attorney awards.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468