The Northwood University Mock Trial teams competed in the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) this past weekend at the Lake County Court House in Waukegan, Illinois. Two Northwood University teams joined 22 other teams to compete for six bids to the next round of competition and earned one of those six bids.Northwood Team 930 earned second place with a record of 7 wins and only 1 loss. With this record, Team 930 earned a bid to the National Championship Tournament (NCT) by winning their rounds against Hamline University, Macalester College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The team also split ballots in their round against the University of Michigan. Team 930 consisted 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; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Pontiac; and Myisha Ishmeal, a senior from Southfield. In addition to the team awards given at this competition, Ibrahim Lawton was the recipient of an Outstanding Attorney Award with 18/20 ranks on the defense side of the case.
Northwood Team 931 earned eighth place narrowly missing a bid to compete at the NCT. The team earned a record of 5 wins and 3 losses by winning their rounds against Luther College and Hamline University. Northwood 931 split ballots in their round against the University of Wisconsin-Superior and narrowly lost ballots in their round against the University of Notre Dame. The team consisted 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; Anthony Wnoroski, a senior from Uniontown, Ohio; Holly Redlawski, a junior from Saint Clair; and Jeremiah Dohms, a senior from Barrie, Ontario. Anthony Wnoroski was the recipient of an Outstanding Witness Award with 17/20 ranks on the defense side of the case.
The next competition for the Mock Trial team is the National Championship Tournament which will be held in Orlando, Florida, during the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.