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Nov. 7, 2017
By Keri Daughenbaugh, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University students ranked as top performers on multiple judges’ ballots throughout the weekend as Northwest hosted the Eighth Annual Bearcat Invitational Mock Trial competition Oct. 27-29.
The two-day event was a four-team scrimmage that included four rounds of competition that drew teams from University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri Southern State University. Their case centered on a criminal case regarding attempted murder.
Megan Clasen, a sophomore political science major from Chesterfield, Missouri, placed among the top three attorneys at the event.
“As an attorney on the Mock Trial team, I practice my critical thinking and public speaking skills” Clasen said. “Mock trial also helps me to think on my feet. Attorneys have to be able to argue objections raised during trials with no preparation.” Clasen plans to attend law school following her graduation from Northwest.
Other Northwest Mock Trial members who competed were Matthew Berry, Jack Camenzind, Grace Eagan, Alek Kocher, Danielle Lawton, Bruce Menard, Lauren Mills, Hannah Sears, Harlee Sine and Tyler Throckmorton. Clasen, Eagan Lawton and Sine are organization officers.
In addition, Northwest alumni returned as volunteer judges. They included 2004 alumna Candi Chadwick Slobodnik, 2006 alumnus Nathan Easton, 2011 alumnus Justin Yates, 2013 alumni Ryan Williams and Leslie Remus, 2015 alumna Melissa Peck and 2017 alumnus Claire Allen. All of them have graduated from a law school or are continuing their education in a law school program.
Also volunteering, as judges were Nodaway circuit Judge Roger Prokes and Northwest political science faculty Dr. Kim Casey and Dr. David Jerome. Former Mock Trial President Katy William, a 2016 Northwest alumna, placed among the top witnesses in the tournament.
“One of the best parts of Mock Trial is the continued support from our alumni,” Daniel Smith, Northwest Mock Trial coach and an assistant professor of political science, said. “For me personally, this tournament is an annual highlight – a lot of work, but I get the chance to catch up with special people.”
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