Northwood Mock Trial Team Kicks Off Year with Success at Ohio State

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The Mock Trial team kicked off the 2012-2013 season by sending three teams.
Back row (l-r): Matt Williams, Terry Green, Jonathon Spagnuolo, Vince Davis, Amanda Riley, Ben Barnhart, Harindhu Fernando, Ibrahim Lawton, Thomas Sample, Adam Brenders; Front row (l-r): Myisha Ishmeal, Meghan Ewald, Mike Ciesielski, Aaron Grace, Paige Buckley, Katie West, Amee Cox, Mandi Bartnik, Stephanie Hentschel, Nikita Setia, Dale Torbert.

Back row (l-r): Matt Williams, Terry Green, Jonathon Spagnuolo, Vince Davis, Amanda Riley, Ben Barnhart, Harindhu Fernando, Ibrahim Lawton, Thomas Sample, Adam Brenders; Front row (l-r): Myisha Ishmeal, Meghan Ewald, Mike Ciesielski, Aaron Grace, Paige Buckley, Katie West, Amee Cox, Mandi Bartnik, Stephanie Hentschel, Nikita Setia, Dale Torbert.

October 25, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s Mock Trial team kicked off the 2012-2013 season by sending three teams to Ohio State University’s (OSU) Scarlet and Gray Invitational tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Team 932 was led by Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Detroit, and included members Matt Williams, a sophomore from Livonia; Terry Green, a sophomore from Hesperia; Nikita Setia, a senior from Naperville, IL; Myisha Ishmeal, a sophomore from Detroit; Mike Ciesielski, a sophomore from Macomb; and Mandi Bartnik, a sophomore from Cass City. The team took both ballots in their round against an OSU team and the University of Dayton team as well as won their round against Loyola University but narrowly lost their round to Carnegie Mellon. Their five wins and three losses earned them a 4th place trophy with Ibrahim Lawton winning an Outstanding Attorney Award and Nikita Setia winning an Outstanding Witness Award.

Team 931 was captained by Stephanie Hentschel, a junior from Midland, with team members Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing; Ben Barnhart, a freshman from Farwell; Amanda Riley, a senior from Detroit; Harindu Fernando, a senior from Sri Lanka; Vince Davis, a senior from Detroit; and Thomas Sample, a sophomore from Westland. They won their round against Michigan State University. The team also won one ballot and lost one ballot against another OSU team and lost to Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburg. Stephanie Hentschel won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Harindu Fernando won an Outstanding Witness Award.

Team 930 was captained by Jonathon Spagnuolo, a junior from Bath, with team members Dale Torbert, a senior from Reynoldsburg, OH; Amee Cox, a junior from England; Adam Brenders, a freshman from Rochester Hills; Paige Buckley, a senior from Birch Run; Meghan Ewald, a sophomore from Milford; and Katie West, a sophomore from Birch Run. The team won both ballots against the first OSU team they faced, won the round against yet another OSU team, won their round against a team made up of students from multiple schools (called a bye team) and split in their round against Vanderbilt University (NU won a ballot by three points and Vanderbilt won the other ballot by three points). Due to tie-breaking procedures used for teams with the same number of wins and losses, this Northwood team (which had a record of five wins and three losses) finished the weekend with an Honorable Mention. Dale Torbert won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Jonathon Spagnuolo won an Outstanding Witness Award.

Northwood University's next competition will take place at the only Mock Trial Tournament held in Michigan—the Great Lakes Invitational which is held at Eastern Michigan University. The schedule of the four rounds of competition can be found at http://www.emich.edu/polisci/glmti/schedule.html.

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