October 23, 2017

UW-Superior Mock Trial Team opens season at Nordic Tournament

The UW-Superior Mock Trial team began its 2017-18 season at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 10th annual UMNUMB invitational on October 13-15, 2017.

The UW-Superior Mock Trial team began its 2017-18 season at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 10th annual UMNUMB invitational on October 13-15, 2017.

The team competes next at the Macalester Trials in St. Paul, Minn., in November

The UW-Superior Mock Trial competitive team began its 2017-18 season at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 10th annual UMNUMB invitational on October 13-15, 2017. Those competing at this tournament included Melody Maleski, Autumn Bass, Scott Holmes, Reggie Semanko, Bella Gigliotti, Kenneth Benz, Brittany Hewitt, Jadie Schwartzkopf, Tiffany Nelson, Marinel Walfridsson, Darien Bottila, Tyler Modderman-Anderson, Libby Gray and Lane Empson.

The teams both earned a 2-and-6 record, but most ballots lost were within five points.  

Those earning outstanding performance individual nominations for Attorney roles in one or more rounds of competition included Gray, Maleski, Semanko, Bass, Bottila, and Walfridsson.  

Walfridsson, Benz, Nelson, Schwartzkopf, Gigliotti, Holmes, and Gray earned outstanding performance individual nominations for Witness roles in one or more rounds of competition.

This year’s case is a criminal case involving an affair gone wrong. Carmen Bell-Leon recruits her lover, Dylan Hendricks, to kill her partner, Kerry Bell-Leon. The attempted murder fails but now Dylan Hendricks is charged with the crime. Did he or she do it? Filled with great witnesses and tons of exhibits, this case challenges competitors to grow to the next level of their critical thinking skills and presentation abilities.

Mock Trial is a competitive, academic and forensic activity that teaches undergraduate students to understand, analyze, design, present and defend a case to the trial court. Students from many majors compete in Mock Trial.

The team is coached by Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Cassy and Eric Burr (former regionally and nationally recognized Mockers), Jaramy Hansen (first national winning Witness) and Mark Fruehauf (Douglas County District Attorney). 

The UW-Superior Mock Trial team began its 2017-18 season at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 10th annual UMNUMB invitational on October 13-15, 2017.

The UW-Superior Mock Trial team began its 2017-18 season at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 10th annual UMNUMB invitational on October 13-15, 2017.

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