North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mock Trial team wins awards at invitational tourney

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Senior Josh Bailey, named Outstanding Attorney
Senior Josh Bailey, named Outstanding Attorney

Feb. 4, 2011—North Central’s Mock Trial team competed at the 23rd annual National Invitational Tournament at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, Jan. 28-29. The tournament is the largest and most challenging contest the team faces all year. Of the 70 participating teams, 50 earned bids to last season’s national competition.

North Central finished the tournament with a 5-3 record, competing against Michigan State University, Creighton University, St. Ambrose University and Wilmington College. Josh Bailey ’11, a political science major, was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney and was ranked as the best attorney in the trial by all four judges who saw him compete in that role.

The team was honored with the Reynolds Civility Award, which recognizes the team whose members have “demonstrated courtesy to other competitors, respect for contestants and judges, professional demeanor and an attitude of good sportsmanship throughout the competition.” Students in the competition choose the recipient of the award, named for Professor Rex Reynolds, a former professor at Loras College who was active in forensics, debate and mock trial.

Coach and Professor of Political Science Stephen Maynard Caliendo says he’s thrilled with the team’s excellent standing, especially because its members had no mock trial experience prior to fall term. However, he’s most proud of the Reynolds Award, saying, “It is a reflection of the way our students constantly seek to create a more robust and enjoyable learning environment for others.”

The 2010-2011 team includes Bailey; political science majors Jessica Connor ’14, Delaina Flagg ’12, Emily Schaub ’12 and Margaret Nunne ’11; theatre and psychology major Alexis Ledbetter ’12; and philosophy major Madeline Moton ’12. The team is coached by attorneys Dan Taylor ’01 and Dawn Willis.

The team’s next competition is a regional tournament at the Will County courthouse the weekend of Feb. 18. Mock Trial scholarships are available to incoming students, both first-year and transfer.