Northwood Mock Trial Teams Place Second and Sixth at Eastern Michigan University Tournament

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This past weekend Northwood sent three teams to the Eastern Michigan University Mock Trial Tournament.

MIDLAND, MI – This past weekend Northwood University (NU) sent three teams to the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Mock Trial Tournament and finished with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses. One of NU’s teams earned 2nd place out of 22 teams with the other finishing in 6th place and receiving an Honorable Mention due to American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) tiebreaking rules. Additionally, NU’s 2nd place team was selected by their peers at the tournament as the winner of the Spirit of AMTA Award for Civility and Professionalism. Both trophies will be temporarily on display in the Church Family Administration Building.

Mock Trial Team

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

One of Northwood’s teams was led by Jonathon Spagnuolo, a junior from Bath, and included the following members: Thomas Sample, a sophomore from Westland; Terry Green, a sophomore from Hesperia; Paige Buckley, a senior from Birch Run; Nikita Setia, a senior from India; and Mandi Bartnik, a sophomore from Cass City. This team won both ballots against two separate Michigan State University teams, won both ballots against the Ohio State University (OSU) team and narrowly lost the last round against EMU. Their 6 wins and 2 losses earned them 2nd place. Terry Green won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Nikita Setia won an Outstanding Witness Award.

The second team from NU was led by Dale Torbert, a senior from Reynoldsburg, OH, and Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing, and includes the following members: Adam Brenders, a freshman from Rochester Hills; Ben Barnhart, a freshman from Farwell; Harindhu Fernando, a senior from Sri Lanka; Katie West, a sophomore from Birch Run; Mike Ciesielski, a sophomore from Macomb; and Meghan Ewald, a sophomore from Milford. The team won both ballots in their round against Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Hillsdale College. In their rounds against EMU and the University of Cincinnati, NU won one and lost one ballot. The team’s 6 wins and 2 losses earned them a 6th place finish out of 22 teams. Dale Torbert won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Katie West won an Outstanding Witness Award.

NU’s third team was led by Stephanie Hentschel, a junior from Midland, and included the following members: Myisha Ishmeal, a sophomore from Detroit; Amee Cox, a junior from England; and Amanda Riley, a senior from Detroit. This team competed as a mixed roster with students from other schools. The team won both ballots against another mixed roster team, won a round against CWRU and lost both ballots against two separate OSU teams. The team finished with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses. Myisha Ishmeal won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Amanda Riley won an Outstanding Witness Award.

Retired Professor Sue Thumma and Northwood alumni John Hardison and Patrick Wixson, who each earned an All-American Attorney Award during their last year competing, attended the tournament to assist with tabulation, judging and coaching.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.