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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 12, 2015

Mock trial team takes individual honors at regional tournament

Northwest Missouri State University’s mock trial team completed its season Feb. 7-8 at the American Mock Trial Association Great Plains Regional Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where it narrowly missed a bid to compete at the national tournament.

The Northwest team finished 4-4 at the regional tournament with a strength of schedule of 18.5, which was among the highest of teams competing. Twenty-four teams from 16 colleges and universities – including the University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Nebraska-Lincoln – participated.

Northwest’s individual award winners were Sean Emery, a senior political science major from Kansas City, Mo., who scored 17 of 20 possible points to win Outstanding Attorney, and Leneisa Parks, a junior international business major from Waynesville, Mo., who scored 18 points to earn Outstanding 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 about mock trial, visit The American Mock Trial Association, or contact Daniel Smith, assistant professor of political science and mock trial coach 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
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468