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UWS MOCK TRIAL PLACES 4TH AT ST. OLAF INVITATIONAL

Posted on Feb 6, 2014
UW-Superior’s Team 1001 took 4th place out of a twenty team field at the Ole Open hosted at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN over the weekend of November 15-17, 2013.
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UWS MOCK TRIAL PLACES 4TH AT ST. OLAF INVITATIONAL

UW-Superior's Team 1001 took 4th place out of a twenty team field at the Ole Open hosted at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN over the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. Team 1001 lost a heartbreaking 2 point ballot to Creighton University, thus losing 1st place at the overall invitational. They finished the tournament with a 5 wins, 2 loss and 1 tie record overall. Members of Team 1001 included Emmanuel Tucker II, Taylor Tengwall, Cassy Burr, Alex Rafael, Austin Danula, Kyle Johnson, Yer Vang, Jordin Gegare, and Cody Chaffee. UW-Superior Team 1001 was a field leader through most of the tournament.

Cassandra Burr was the top Outstanding Witness at the tournament earning a perfect 20 score throughout the tournament. Andrew Hanson was also named an Outstanding Witness. These awards mean that the individual competitors were amongst the top twelve performers at the invitational which had over 160 Mockers competing.

Team 1002, our learning team, finished the tournament with a 3-5 record and many close losses. The learning team consists of many newcomer Mockers who are learning the basic skills. Team members included Mia Piikkula, Jessa McLeod, Allison Marble, Jessica Schubring, Andy Hanson, Matt Munkelwitz, Maddie Smith and Turner Tomczyk.

Competing universities included St. Olaf, Hamline, Macalester, Creighton, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Luther, Carlton, Central Missouri, UMD, Loras, and St. Francis. UW-Superior was the top performing public university in the field.

This year's American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) case is a criminal case involving charges of theft by deception and robbery in the first degree against two victims. The case is filled with complex testimony, exhibits and facts which keep the observer engaged and wondering who is responsible for the tragic events of this robbery.

The team is coached by Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo (Academic Coach-Legal Studies), Mark Fruehauf (Attorney Coach), Mary Russell (Attorney Coach) and Julie Benfield (Attorney Coach). Cuzzo and Fruehauf traveled with the team to St. Olaf.

The team competes next here on campus at the UW-Superior Durst Memorial Mock Trial tournament the weekend of December 6-8, 2013. All rounds are open to observe. Rounds will be held in Swenson Hall with Awards Ceremony in Great Room of YU on Sunday around 1:00 p.m. There will be four rounds of competition: one Friday evening, two on Saturday and one Sunday morning. Everyone is invited to attend. Watch the YU for more detailed information.

News Contact: Margaret Johnson | 715-394-8433 | mjohns54{atuws}
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