Two members of North Central’s Mock Trial team were recognized at the University of St. Francis Mock Trial Midwest Challenge Part V Tournament Dec. 4-5. Joshua Bailey ’11, majoring in political science and English writing, earned awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness—a notable achievement because students are rarely recognized for exceptional performance in both roles. Alexis Ledbetter ’12, majoring in theatre and psychology, was named an Outstanding Witness, another notable achievement. Ali agreed to substitute less than a week before the tournament because two members were unable to compete.
The team has no returning students from last year’s team, which earned a bid to national competition. Finishing 3-5 at the tournament, the team competed in trials against Elgin Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University and Western Michigan University. The team’s next tournament is in Dubuque, Iowa, in January.
The 2010-2011 team includes Bailey; political science majors Jessica Connor ’14, Delaina Flagg ’12, Emily Schaub ’12 and Margaret Nunne ’11; philosophy major Madeline Moton ’12; and organizational communication major Brett Walker ’12. The team is coached by attorneys Dan Taylor and Dawn Willis and Professor of Political Science Stephen Maynard Caliendo, team educator-coach.
Mock Trial scholarships are available to incoming students, both first-year and transfer.