Thunderdome Invitational
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
October 18-19, 2013

Cornell’s Black Squad, led by captain Thomas Cooke and made up of veterans Sarah Bertschy, Kahn Branch, Yolanda Jones, and Gwen Morrison and newcomers Lizzy Davidson and Haley Vinson took fourth place at the Thunderdome Invitational finishing with a record of five wins and three losses.  Cornell’s White Squad, led by captain Claire McGuire and made up of veterans Tim Wiley, Chris Machold, Sam Stacy, and Evan Andersson, with newcomers Mimi Vukelich, Miranda Donnellan, and Andrew Havens finished with a strong record of four wins and four losses.  Claire McGuire, Thomas Cooke, and Gwen Morrison were all recognized as Outstanding Attorneys.  Lizzy Davidson, in her first collegiate mock trial outing, earned an Outstanding Witness award for her portrayal of Detective Francis Kimball, a financial crimes investigator.

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Arch Invitational
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
October 19-20, 2013

Cornell’s Purple Squad, led by captain MacKenzie Dreeszen and made up of veterans Eric Andow, Nora McKenzie, and Katelynn Raney and newcomers Amir El Aswad, Tony Miano, Madeleine Ball, and Aubrey Kohl, finished with a record of three wins and five losses, losing several close ballots to tournament placing teams Washington University and the University of Texas.  Cornell’s Gray Sqaud, lead by captain Leonard Schlanger and made up of veterans Maria Goodfellow, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Kenny Capesius and newcomers Brianna Tucker, Nikki Pereira Plaza, and Tanisha Canty also finished with a record of three wins and five losses, losing several close ballots to ranked opponents.  Kenny Capesius was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney.  Eric Andow was recognized as an Outstanding Witness for his portrayal of Billie Isaacs, a former amusement park worker.  In her first ever mock trial tournament, Nikki Pereira Plaza was recognized as an Outstanding Witness for her protrayal of amusement park owner J.C. Longstreet.

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Richard Calkins Invitational
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
October 26-27, 2013

Cornell’s mock trial team traveled to Drake University in Des Moines on October 26 and 27 to compete in the Calkins Invitational.  Cornell collectively took home four of the top 10 places in the tournament of 24 teams, finishing first, second, fourth, and eighth.

Cornell’s white squad (Team 1139), led by senior Claire McGuire and consisting of Evan Andersson, Miranda Connellan, Mimi Vukelich, Chris Machold, Tim Wiley, Laurel Fraser, and Andrew Havens, took home top honors at the tournament with an impressive 8 wins and 0 losses.  Team 1139 beat their opponents, including teams from Loras, Kansas, University of Iowa, and Drake by a combined total of 50 points.

Cornell’s purple squad (Team 1140), led by senior MacKenzie Dreeszen and consisting of Madeliene Ball, Katelynn Raney, Eric Andow, Amir El-Aswad, Aubrey Kohl, and Nora McKenzie, took home the second place trophy with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  Cornell took ballots from the University of Iowa, Kansas, and Drake by a combined total of 66 points, losing their only ballot of the tournament by 1 point.

Cornell’s gray squad (Team 1141), led by junior captain Leonard Schlanger and consisting of Maria Goodfellow, Brianne Tucker, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Nikke Peira-Plata, Tanisha Canty, and Kenny Capesius, took home the fourth place trophy with a record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and one tie. 

Cornell’s black squad (Team 1139), led by junior captain Thomas Cooke and consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Kahn Branch, Yolanda Jones, Lizzy Davidson, Gwen Morrison, and Haley Vinson finished in eighth place with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.  Team 1139’s three losses were by a combined total of 5 points.

In addition to the team honors, eight members of the team were recognized for their outstanding individual performances.  Claire McGuire received a perfect individual score of 20 rank points for her portrayal of a prosecuting attorney.  Thomas Cooke, Maria Goodfellow, and Kenny Capesius were all recognized as an outstanding attorneys with 19 rank points out of a possible 20.  MacKenzie Dreeszen was also recognized as an outstanding defense attorney earning 18 rank points out of a possible 20.  Evan Andersson and Eric Andow were both recognized as outstanding witnesses with 18 rank points out of a possible 20, and first time mocker Madeiline Ball was recognized for her portrayal of a prosecution witness earning 17 rank points.

Congratulations to all the members of Cornell Mock on their hard  fought and well-earned success.  Cornell next competes at Illinois State University on November 1-3.

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Illinois State University Mock Trial Invitational
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
November 1-3, 2013

The Cornell College Mock Trial team traveled to Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal Illinois on November 1-3 to compete.  Cornell’s A team (Team 1138), made up of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Thomas Cooke, Kenny Capesius, Maria Goodfellow, Eric Andow, Evan Andersson, and Lizzy Davidson took home second place team honors in the field of 32 teams with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  Team 1138 took ballots from teams from Eastern Michigan University, Miami University, Manchester University, and Loyola University.  Team 1138 finished second to Miami University by a slim margin.

Cornell’s B team (Team 1139), made up of Sarah Bertschy, Nora Mckenzie, Laurel Fraser, Leonard Schlanger, Sam Stacy, Amir El Aswad, Kahn Branch, and Gwen Morrison took home seventh place honors finishing with a record of five wins and three losses.  Team 1139 faced strong competition, taking ballots from Miami University, the University of South Dakota, and Northern Illinois University.  Two of the ballots that Team 1139 lost were to the eventual tournament champions, Miami University.

In addition to a strong team performance, two individuals were honored for their outstanding witness performances.  Maria Goodfellow received a total 16 out of a possible 20 rank points for her portrayal of a defense witness, and newcomer Miranda Donnellan received 19 out of possible 20 rank points for her work as a defense witness.

Congratulations to the entire team, and Maria and Miranda, for a great performance following a week of hard work preparing for this tournament.  The majority of Cornell’s team will take a break from the intense tournament schedule while Team 1138 travels to Florida State University, the home of the current national mock trial champions, for the Seminole Invitational on November 9 and 10.

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Capital City Invitational
Florida State University, Tallahasee, Florida
November 9-10, 2013

Team 1138 competed at the Capital City Invitational hosted by Florida State University on November 9 and 10.  Team 1138, consisting of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Thomas Cooke, Kenny Capsius, Evan Andersson, Maria Goodfellow, and Eric Andow brought home the fifth place trophy in the field of twenty-four teams with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.  Cornell won two ballots against defending national champion Florida State University and top ten ranked Pennsylvania State University.  Team 1138 lost two of their three ballots by a total of three points to perennial mock trial powerhouse schools Bellarmine University and the University of Virginia. 

Maria Goodfellow was recognized as an outstanding witness for her portrayal of Detective Francis Kimball earning 16 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Competition for top attorney honors was tight and Cornell’s Claire McGuire received honorable mention honors hearing 18 out of a possible 20 rank points.

Congratulations to Team 1138, and Maria and Claire, on a tremendous weekend against the toughest competition they have seen this season. 

Cornell next competes at the Cornshucker Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa on November 16 and 17.

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Cornshucker Challenge
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
November 16-17, 2013

On November 16 and 17, Cornell College Mock Trial was in action at the Cornshucker Challenge hosted by the University of Iowa.  Team 1138, consisting of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Thomas Cooke, Eric Andow, Evan Andersson, Kenny Capesius, Maria Goodfellow, and Elizabeth Davidson finished in 6th place with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.  Team 1139, Sarah Bertschy, Sam Stacy, Nora McKenzie, Amir El Aswad, Laurel Fraser, Gwen Morrison, Leonard Schlanger, and Kahn Branch, finished with a strong record of 3 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie, losing close ballots to ultimate tournament champion Drake University and fifth place finisher the University of Iowa.  Team 1140, consisting of Tim Wiley, Katelynn Raney, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Brianna Tucker, Yolanda Jones, Madeline Ball, Chris Machold, and Nikki Pereira-Plaza finished with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie, losing close ballots to fourth place finisher University Illinois, Chicago, and St. Ambrose University.

In addition to team honors, Chris Machold was awarded the highest individual honor, the Outstanding Mocker award, for earning 16 rank points as a witness and 16 ranks as an attorney.  This award was awarded to one individual out of the more than 100 that competed.  Chris’ accomplishment is made even more impressive by the fact that he is only in his second year of mock trial at Cornell.

Eric Andow also earned an outstanding witness award by earning 16 out of a possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a defense witness.

Congratulations to Team 1138, Chris, and Eric on their great tournament performance.

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Illini Invitational Tournament
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
December 7-8, 2013

On December 7 and 8, Cornell College Mock Trial competed at the Illini Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  Team 1139, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Sam Stacy, Nora McKenzie, Laurel Fraser, Chris Machold, Gwen Morrison, and Leonard Schlanger finished 5th in a field of 30 teams with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.  Team 1139 took ballots from Princeton, Northwestern University, and North Central on the way to their 5th place finish.  Team 1140, consisting of Tim Wiley, Brianna Tucker, Madelyn Ball, Amir El Aswad, Katelynn Raney, Elizabeth Davidson, Mimi Vukelich, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Yolanda Jones and Nikkei Pereira-Plaza finished with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses, losing close ballots to Michigan State, the University of Illinois, and Princeton.

In addition to team honors, Leonard Schlanger was recognized as an outstanding witness for his portrayal of Detective Kimball, a financial crimes detective investigating a robbery, earning 19 out of a possible 20 rank points.

Congratulations to Team 1139 and Leonard on their tremendous performance.

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Central College Invitational Tournament
Central College, Pella, Iowa
January 25-26, 2014

The Cornell College Mock Trial team was back in action on January 25 and 26 competing at the Central Invitational hosted by Central College in Pella, Iowa.  In a regional field of 20 teams, Team 1139, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Leonard Schlanger, Sam Stacy, Laurel Fraser, Nora McKenzie, Gwen Morrison, and Chris Machold, finished first with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  Team 1138, consisting of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Thomas Cooke, Kahn Branch, Maria Goodfellow, Eric Andow, Evan Andersson, and Kenny Capesius finished second with a record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie.  Team 1141, made completely of newcomers Tanisha Canty, Andrew Havens, Haley Vinson, Aubrey Kohl, and Brianna Tucker, with some pinch hitting from other members of the team, finished just out of the top six with a remarkable record of 5 wins and 3 losses.

In addition to team honors, Cornell took home multiple individual awards as well.  Claire McGuire was recognized as an outstanding witness, receiving 18 out of a possible 20 rank points, for her portrayal of Billie Isaacs, a displaced amusement park worker.  Nikki Pereira-Plaza was recognized as an outstanding witness, receiving 17 out of a possible 20 rank points, for her portrayal of Tyler Hartman, an amusement park enthusiast who was a witness to a crime.  Sarah Bertschy was recognized as an outstanding attorney for her portrayal of a prosecution attorney, earning 16 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Laurel Fraser was similarly recognized as an outstanding attorney for her portrayal of a criminal defense attorney, earning 19 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Tanisha Canty was also recognized as an outstanding defense attorney for her portrayal of a criminal defense attorney, earning 19 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Thomas Cooke received two outstanding attorney awards, for his portrayal of both a prosecution and defense attorney, earning 16 out of a possible 20 rank points on both sides of the case.

Congratulations to Team 1138 and 1139, as well as Claire, Nikki, Sarah, Laurel, Tanisha, and Tommy for an outstanding weekend. 

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National Invitational Tournament
Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
January 31-February 1, 2014

On January 31 and February 1, the Cornell College Mock Trial team competed at the National Invitational hosted by Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.  The National Invitational is the largest invitational tournament in the country and draws teams from all over the United States.  Team 1138, consisting of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Thomas Cooke, Kenny Capesius, Maria Goodfellow, Kahn Branch, Eric Andow, and Evan Andersson, placed second in a field of 52 teams with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  On their way to their second place finish, Team 1138 won ballots from Loras College, Loyola University, Wheaton College, and the University of Wisconsin. Team 1140, consisting of Tim Wiley, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Katelynn Raney, Madeleine Ball, Amir El Aswad, Yolanda Jones, Lizzy Davidson, Nikki Pereira-Plaza, and Amelia Vukelich, placed tenth with a record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie.  Team 1140 won ballots from the University of Wisconsin (Superior), University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and the University of Kansas.  Team 1139, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Gwen Morrison, Nora McKenzie, Laurel Fraser, Sam Stacy, Chris Machold, and Leonard Schlanger, along with some key pinch hitting from Kahn Branch and Evan Andersson, finished with a strong record of 4 wins and 4 losses, losing two close ballots to 8th place finisher the University of Wisconsin (Superior). 

In addition to team honors, several Cornell Mockers finished just out of the individual awards.  Claire McGuire, Thomas Cooke, and Nora McKenzie all finished with 17 out of a possible 20 rank point for their portrayal of attorneys.  Nikki Pereira-Plaza and Madeliene Ball both received 16 out of a possible 20 rank point for their portrayal of witnesses. 

Congratulations to Teams 1138 and 1140 on their team performance, and Claire, Thomas, Nora, Nikki and Madeleine on their outstanding individual performances.  Cornell Mock Trial now starts the road to the National Championship Tournament by competing at regional tournaments in the month of February.

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AMTA Regional Tournament
Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
February 8-9, 2014

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
February 22-23, 2014

On February 8 and 9 Cornell College Mock Trial competed in the first of its national qualifying tournaments.  The tournament, hosted by Cornell and held at the Kirkwood Conference Center in Cedar Rapids, brought together 22 teams from around the country.  The top seven teams at the tournament earned bids to the Opening Round Championship Tournament.  Cornell took home two of the seven bids.  Team 1139, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Gwen Morrison, Nora McKenzie, Laurel Fraser, Leonard Schlanger, Chris Machold, and Sam Stacy, earned a bid with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.  Team 1138, consisting of Claire McGuire, MacKenzie Dreeszen, Kahn Branch, Kenny Capesius, Maria Goodfellow, Thomas Cooke, Eric Andow, and Evan Andersson, also earned a bid with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.  Thomas Cooke was recognized as an outstanding attorney at the regional tournament earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a prosecuting attorney.  Chris Machold was recognized as an outstanding witness, earning 19 out of a possible 20 rank points.  MacKenzie Dreeszen, Sarah Bertschy, and Maria Goodfellow missed being recognized for their individual performances by a single rank point.

On February 22 and 23, Cornell competed in the second of its national qualifying tournaments at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Team 1140, consisting of Tim Wiley, Katelynn Raney, Amir El Aswad, Madeliene Ball, Mimi Vukelich, Lizzy Davidson, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Yolanda Jones, and Nikkie Periera-Plaza, finished 10th at the tournament of 26 teams with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses, narrowly missing earning a bid to the next level of competition.  Team 1140 lost close ballots to eventual qualifiers Northwood University and the tournament champion University of Notre Dame.  The performance of Team 1140 is made even more remarkable by the fact that each individual was competing at the regional tournament level for the first time.  Amir El Aswad, in his first ever regional tournament, earned an outstanding attorney award with a total of 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a criminal defense attorney.  Madeliene Ball, also in her first ever regional tournament, earned an outstanding witness award with a total of 18 out of a possible 20 ranks points.

Of the 700 plus individual squads that started the season, only 192 will have the opportunity to compete at the next level of the National Tournament.  Cornell Mock Trial proudly holds 2 of those spots, the maximum amount allowed per institution.  Cornell Mock Trial will next compete at the Opening Round Championship Tournament hosted by Washington University in St. Louis on March 14 – 16.