North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mock Trial team places fourth at contest

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North Central College’s Mock Trial Team earned fourth place (among 14 competing teams) at the eighth annual Quincy University Riverside Classic, which was held at the Adams County Courthouse in Quincy, Ill., Oct. 22.

Niyah Banks ’15 earned an Outstanding Witness Award and Jennifer Rieger ’13 earned an Outstanding Attorney Award. Both students are political science majors. Alexis Ledbetter ’12, majoring in theatre and psychology, earned awards for both Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney.
This abbreviated tournament (featuring two trials rather than the customary four) included 14 teams from Illinois and Missouri. North Central’s team earned a 3-1 record (two judges score in each trial), facing Illinois State University and Bradley University. Lewis University took first place in the tournament.

Faculty coach for the Mock Trial team is Professor of Political Science Stephen Maynard Caliendo. The attorney coaches are Dan Taylor ’01 and Dawn Willis.

Mock Trial is an intercollegiate activity that promotes critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, public speaking and mutual trust among team members while giving students an opportunity to participate in the trial process. Students assume the roles of both attorneys and witnesses for a hypothetical case and compete against other colleges and universities at tournaments, representing each side of the case in separate trials. Students of any major are welcome to participate.

Click here to learn more about Mock Trial and Mock Trial scholarships.
Photo, back row, from left: coach Taylor, Jesse Kugler ’13, Tom Finnegan ’15, Michelle Ankerholtz ’12. Front row, from left: Brandon Sarkauskas ’15, Ledbetter, Rieger, Banks. Mock Trial members not available to participate at this tournament were Jessica Connor ’14 and Lindsey Drummond ’13.