Three Northwood University Mock Trial teams joined 33 other teams competing at the Polar Bear Invitational held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. This was the first invitational competition of the winter term.Northwood Team 930 earned first place by winning their rounds against the University of Chicago, Hillsdale College and two separate teams from Ohio State University. The team of Stephanie Hentschel, a senior from Midland; Matthew Williams, a junior from Livonia; Amee Cox, a senior from Liverpool, England; Yancy Cobb, a senior from Detroit; Brittney Newton, a sophomore from Southfield; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Pontiac; and Myisha Ishmeal, a senior from Southfield, finished with a record of 7-1 wins and one loss.
Northwood Team 931 earned tenth place by winning their rounds against the University of Michigan, Loyola University and the University of Chicago. Northwood split ballots in their final round against the University of Kentucky where one scoring judge’s ballot declared Northwood the winner by 5 points and the other scoring judge’s ballot identified University of Kentucky as the winner by 5 points. The team of TC (Thomas) Sample, a junior from Westland; Terrence Green, a junior from Hesperia; Jalisa Harris, a sophomore from Belleville; Aaron Grace, a junior from Flushing; Kathleen West, a junior from Birch Run; Holly Redlawski, a junior from China, MI; and Anthony Wnoroski, a junior from Uniontown, OH, finished with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. In addition to the team awards, Anthony Wnoroski won individual recognition in the form of an Outstanding Witness Award.
Northwood Team 932 faced teams from University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, Loyola University-Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh. The team of Matt Jensen, a junior from Bay City; Adrian Camacho, a freshman from Bellflower, CA; Chelsea Howe, a freshman from Davison; Ashley Calloway, a senior from Flint; Crystal Chen, a senior from Malaysia; and Marlies Klekner- Alt, a sophomore from Ottawa, Ontario, finished with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses.
All three teams will be competing the weekend of January 25-26 as well. Team 930 will be attending the Downtown Invitational Tournament at New York University and Teams 931 and 932 will be attending the Hoosier Hoedown hosted by Indiana University.