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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 21, 2013

Northwest mock trial team hosts annual Bearcat Invitational

The Northwest Missouri State University mock trial Team hosted its fourth annual Bearcat Invitational Oct. 4-5 with 14 teams from eight schools competing.

The Northwest team came away with the Bree Berner Civility Award, which is awarded to the team that most embodies the ideals of honest, civility and fair play. The award honors Bree Berner, an award-winning Northwest mock trial competitor and the organization’s 2010-2011 president. She also co-founded the Bearcat Invitational.

Washburn University won the tournament while the University of Kansas finished second and the University of Central Missouri placed third.

Additionally, 10 students received Outstanding Attorney awards for finishing with marks of 17 or above out of 20 possible. Twelve students received Outstanding Witness awards for rankings of 15 or above. Joseph Moore, a junior political science major from Pleasant Hill, received Outstanding Attorney with 19 marks on prosecution and 17 marks on defense, and Carrie Christensen, a sophomore English major from Malvern, Iowa, received Outstanding Witness with 15 marks.

“Every member of the team was recognized on at least ballot,” said Daniel Smith, assistant professor of political science and Northwest mock trial coach. “We gained some great experience, especially our six first-time competitors. I think we're ready to structure our teams to make a serious run this year, and meet our goal of qualifying at least one team for nationals.”

Ashley Phelps, a junior business management major from Kellerton, Iowa, served as the tournament director for the third consecutive year, handling all scheduling, communications and on-site management. She also serves as timekeeper for the team.

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 about mock trial, visit The American Mock Trial Association, or contact Smith at 660.562.1293 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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