Northwood Mock Trial Teams Place at Carnegie Mellon Tournament

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All three teams were successful.
(l-r): Matthew Williams, Katie West, Paige Buckley, Mike Ciesielski, Loraine Carlsen, Terry Green, Aaron Grace, Amanda Riley, Thomas Sample, Mandi Bartnik, Adam Brenders, Myisha Ishmeal, Ben Barnhart, Amee Cox, Ibrahim Lawton, Stephanie Hentschel, Jonathon Spagnuolo and Dale Torbert.

(l-r): Matthew Williams, Katie West, Paige Buckley, Mike Ciesielski, Loraine Carlsen, Terry Green, Aaron Grace, Amanda Riley, Thomas Sample, Mandi Bartnik, Adam Brenders, Myisha Ishmeal, Ben Barnhart, Amee Cox, Ibrahim Lawton, Stephanie Hentschel, Jonathon Spagnuolo and Dale Torbert.

December 7, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University sent three Mock Trial teams to a tournament hosted by Carnegie Mellon University on December 1-2. All three teams were successful, two of which placed—one earned 2nd place team trophy and the other earned 5th. Twenty teams attended this tournament.

The first Northwood team earned the 2nd place trophy with a record of six wins, one loss and one tie. The team won their rounds against Johns Hopkins University, Canisius College, Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University. This team included Lorraine Carlsen, a sophomore from Saint Clair; Mike Ciesielski, a sophomore from Macomb; Terry Green, a sophomore from Hesperia; Thomas Sample, a sophomore from Westland; and Matt Williams, a sophomore from Livonia.

A second Northwood team earned the 5th place team trophy with a record of five wins and three losses. The team earned this record by winning both ballots in their round against Penn State and American University, winning one ballot and losing one ballot against the University of Pittsburg and narrowly losing the final ballots to Ohio State University. This team was also selected as the recipient of the Spirit of American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Award. This award is given to the team that best exemplifies the ideals of the AMTA—civility, justice and fair play. The team included the following students: Ben Barnhart, a freshman from Farwell; Amee Cox, a junior from Liverpool, England; Stephanie Hentchsel, a junior from Midland; Myisha Ishmeal, a sophomore from Detroit; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Detroit; Amanda Riley, a senior from Detroit; and Dale Torbert, a senior from Reynoldsburg, OH. In addition to the team awards, Ibrahim Lawton received an honorable mention in the outstanding attorney category.

The remaining Northwood team finished with a record of four wins, three losses and one tie. The team earned this record by winning both ballots in the round against Canisius College, winning the round against American University, winning one ballot and losing one ballot in their round against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and losing their round against the University of Pittsburg. This team consisted of Mandi Bartnik, a sophomore from Cass City; Adam Brenders, a freshman from Rochester Hills; Paige Buckley, a senior from Birch Run; Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing; Jonathon Spagnuolo, a junior from Bath; and Katie West, a sophomore from Birch Run. Two students from this team won individual awards—Paige Buckley won an outstanding attorney award and Katie West won an outstanding witness award.

This was Northwood’s final tournament for the fall semester. The Mock Trial team is now preparing for their remaining invitational tournaments that will occur in the last half of January 2013.

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