Northwood Mock Trial Team Places First at Notre Dame Regional Tournament

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Five Northwood University students won individual awards.

Mock Trial Team 2013 Regionals
Back row (l-r): Aaron Grace, Yancy Cobb, Terry Green, Thomas “Chris” Sample, Adam Brenders, Ibrahim Lawton, Mike Ciesielski, Dale Torbert, Derek Khoo. Front row (l-r): Stephanie Hentschel, Mandi Bartnik, Amanda Riley, Amee Cox, Myisha Ishmeal, Katie West, Paige Buckley, Meghan Ewald.

MIDLAND, MI – On February 22-23, Northwood University sent two Mock Trial teams to the University of Notre Dame Regional Tournament sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Both teams were successful.

The Northwood team that placed first in the competition did so with eight wins. This team included Yancy Cobb, a junior from Detroit; Amee Cox, a junior from Liverpool, England; Stephanie Hentchsel, a junior from Midland; Myisha Ishmeal, a junior from Detroit; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Detroit; Amanda Riley, a senior from Detroit; and Dale Torbert, a senior from Reynoldsburg, OH. The team won both ballots against the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, Hillsdale College and Indiana University.

The second team sent to the competition by Northwood included Mandi Bartnik, a sophomore from Cass City; Adam Brenders, a freshman from Rochester Hills; Paige Buckley, a senior from Birch Run; Mike Ciesielski, a sophomore from Macomb; Meghan Ewald, a sophomore from Milford; Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing; Terry Green, a sophomore from Hesperia, MI; Derek Khoo, a senior from Malaysia; Thomas Sample, a sophomore from Westland; and Katie West, a sophomore from Birch Run. This team won both ballots against Western Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison but lost their rounds against two separate University of Notre Dame teams.

In addition to the team award, five Northwood University students won individual awards. Both Ibrahim Lawton and Dale Torbert earned an Outstanding Attorney Award. Myisha Ishmeal, Amanda Riley and Katie West won Outstanding Witness Awards. The next competition will be the Opening Round of Championships in March.


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 and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.