Northwood Mock Trial Teams Place Top 5 at Northwestern Tournament

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Both teams were successful.
Back row (l-r): Terry Green, Mike Ciesielski, Thomas “Chris” Sample, Yancy Cobb, Dale Torbert, Aaron Grace, Bryan Lawton, Adam Brenders. Front row (l-r): Meghan Ewald, Mandi Bartnik, Stephanie Hentschel, Amee Cox, Amanda Riley, Myisha Ishmeal, Paige Buckley, Katie West.

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

January 25, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – On January 19-20, Northwood University sent two Mock Trial teams to a tournament sponsored by Northwestern University in support of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). Both teams were successful—one earned 2nd place team trophy and the other earned 3rd place. Eighteen college teams attended this tournament.

The first Northwood team earned the 2nd place trophy with a record of seven wins and one loss. This team won their rounds against University of Arizona, Cornell College and Northwestern University and split a round with another Northwestern University team. 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 sophomore from Detroit; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Detroit; Amanda Riley, a senior from Detroit; and Dale Torbert, a senior from Reynoldsburg, OH. This team was also selected by their peers as the recipient of the Corrie Lazar Spirit Award which is given to a team exhibiting civility and fair play throughout the tournament.

A second Northwood team earned the 3rd place team trophy. The team earned the trophy by winning in their round against two Loyola University teams and a Northwestern University team and lost one ballot and tied another ballot against the University of Iowa. 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; Mike Ciesielski, a sophomore from Macomb; Meghan Ewald, a sophomore from Milford; Aaron Grace, a sophomore from Flushing; Terry Green, a sophomore from Hesperia; Derek Khoo, a sophomore from Malaysia; Thomas Sample, a sophomore from Westland; and Katie West, a sophomore from Birch Run.

In addition to the team awards, individual awards were given to four Northwood University team members—Paige Buckley and Terry Green earned Outstanding Attorney Awards; Aaron Grace earned an Outstanding Witness Award; and Katie West earned Outstanding Witness Awards as both the plaintiff and defense. In addition to the teams' success, Myisha Ishmeal was the only witness in the tournament to earn an Outstanding Witness Award with a perfect ranking score. Each round two scoring judges hear testimony from six witnesses. Ishmeal earned a perfect ranking score because every judge who saw her ranked her as the best witness in the round.

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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.