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In the fall, the Mock Trial teams received a packet containing the same case material that is then used throughout the seasons' competitions. Following standard court procedures, the members present the case as both attorneys and witnesses; both sides prepared to argue the prosecution and defenses of the case. Judges then, instead of deciding a verdict, score each participant's individual performance. The team's cumulative score decides their placement to advance in the tournament bracket.
"February Frenzy" otherwise known as regional tournament season in competitive college Mock Trial, where more than 5,000 undergraduates across the United States match wits on a court that's a mock, or sometimes, real, courtroom.
The group led by advisor Dr. Maria Cuzzo, was split into two groups (Black 1001 and Gold 1002 squads) for the season, each consisting of about 6-10 members. The Black Squads had two first place wins during the season at the Durst Memorial Mock Trial Invitational hosted at UW-Superior in early December, and the Hatting St. Thomas School of Law Mock Trial Invitational in January. The group added a second place title late January at the Midwest Challenge Mock Trial tournament, and both squads finished in the top 35 percent at the National Mock Trial Invitational hosted by Loras College in early February. Loras hosts one of the largest invites of the year with a 50 team field that includes powerhouse universities like University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and DePaul University.
After receiving honorable mention and multiple individual awards at the St. Paul Regional Tournament in late February, UW-Superior's Black Squad was invited to participate in the Waukegon, IL Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) by the American Mock Trial Association based on their strong finish at the regional competition as well as their year long record of performance. The ORCS are set for March 14-16 in Waukegon, IL. The top six teams from this tournament will proceed to the National Mock Trial Tournament in Orlando, FL in April 2014.
Black Squad 1001 members include: Emmanuel Tucker II, Taylor Tengwall, Andrew Hanson, Cody Chaffee, Yer Vang, Cassandra Burr and Allison Marble. Gold Squad 1002 members include: Brandon Engblom, Nicole Stodola, Meagan Guptill, Jessica McLeod, Jessica Schubring, Kyle Johnson, Matthew Munkelwitz, and Turner Tomczyk. The team is coached by Dr. Maria Cuzzo, Mark Fruehauf, Mary Russell and Julie Benfield. Fruehauf, Russell and Benfield are practicing attorneys in the region and former Mockers.
Coach Cuzzo has issued a challenge to the Mockers and the campus called the Black and Gold-i-Locks Challenge. You may have seen Cuzzo walking around campus with gold hair extensions: For every $25.00 contributed to the UW-Superior Foundation Mock Trial account between now and end of the season, ANOTHER braid will go in the hair. Please consider supporting your Mock Trial team with a generous contribution that will be tax deductible through the Foundation. Send your donations to Foundation at Old Main 237.
Congratulations to Mock Trial on their seasons' accomplishments so far and good luck at ORCS next weekend!
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