The Marcus D. Pohlmann Invitational at Cornell College
November 1-2, 2008
Mount Vernon, Iowa

On November 1st and 2nd, the Cornell College Mock Trial Team hosted the 2nd Annual Marcus D. Pohlmann Invitational, on the Hilltop, in Mount Vernon. The Rams had two teams in competition, and one finished the tournament with a  5-3 record, in a tie for 6th place. That team was captained by Madeline Roche '10 and Annika Strombom '10.

Two Rams were also honored for outstanding individual performances as witnesses. Those were Annika Strombom, for her portrayal of eager on the scene reporter Reagan Thomas, and Nedah Zamani '10, for her portrayal of icy news executive Kitt Berkshire.

Cornell College Team 1027 will next travel to the Illinois State Tournament, in Bloomington, Illinois, on November 7-9. 

Illinois State University Invitational Tournament
November 7-9, 2008
Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Cornell College Team 1027 traveled to the Illinois State Invitational in Bloomington, Illinois, the weekend of November 7, 8, and 9. While there, they scored victories against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and St. Francis University. The Rams also faced Lewis University. James Eli Thomas Wade-Scott '11, was honored as an outstanding witness, for his portrayal of a gubernatorial candidate accused of murder by Blitz News Network.

Team 1027 is captained by Nedah Zamani '10 and Francis Dixson '10.

Bellarmine University Invitational Tournament
November 16-19, 2008
Bellarmine University, Lexington, KY

The 8th Annual Cornshucker Challenge
December 6-7, 2008
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Cornell College Mock Trial closed out its fall invitational season, and had both squads in competition this past weekend at the 8th University of Iowa Cornshucker Challenge, in Iowa City, Iowa. The tournament went great for the Rams, as Team 404 finished in 5th place, with a record of 5-2-1. Eli Wade-Scott '11, was also recognized from that team as an Outstanding Witness, for his portrayal of a politician accused of murder by the Blitz News Network.

Cornell had wins over the University of Minnesota, and the University of Kansas, and a split decision with Rhodes College.

Team 404 consists of Eli Wade-Scott '11, Nedah Zamani '10, Nic Wondra '09, Kyle Blesener '10, Kasun Wijegunawardana, '10 and is captained by Madeline Roche '10 and Annika Strombom '10.

The Rams next compete at the University of Illinois in January, as their final tune up before regionals in February.

Illini Invitational
January 24-25, 2009
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

The Cornell College Mock Trial Team continued their tune up to regionals this past weekend by attending the inaugural University of Illinois Mock Trial Invitational in Champaign, Illinois. Team 404 finished in 5th place, with a record of 6 - 2, with victories over Washington State, and the University of Iowa. Team 404 also had split decisions with Carleton College, and Bowling Green State University. Team 404 consists of Co - Captains Annika Strombom '10 and Madeline Roche '10, along with Nic Wondra '09, Kyle Blesener '10, Kasun Wijegunawardana '10, Nedah Zamani '10, and Eli Wade - Scott '11.

Annika Strombom was also honored as an outstanding witness for her portrayal of ambitious reporter Reagan Thomas, and achieved a perfect 20 ranks as an outstanding attorney representing the Plaintiff, Drew Walton.

Team 405 also competed and had split decisions with The University of Wisconsin, Carleton College, and Lewis University. Team 405 is Captained by Francis Dixson '10 and Abbe Sturm '12, along with Lisa Chen '12, Brandon Crawford '12, Julia Morrison '12, Martha Grace Haynes '12, Will Dineen '12, and Albert Lin '12.

The Rams are hosting Drake University on Campus on Saturday February 7 for final scrimmages to gear up for regionals, which take place on February 13 and 14 at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

AMTA Regionals
February 12-13, 2009
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

The Cornell College Mock Trial Team traveled to their Regional Tournament this past weekend, hosted by St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and came back with their first ever post season bid to the Opening Round Championship Series of the American Mock Trial Association. Team 1026 had victories over Saint Ambrose and the University of Illinois, and split decisions over The University of Iowa and Grinnell College, ending up with a 6-2 record. Annika Strombom was honored as an "All Regional" Attorney, with a perfect 20 ranks as a Plaintiff's attorney. Madeline Roche and Eli Wade - Scott were both honored as "All Regional' Witnesses. Miss Roche portrayed a Death Investigator who spoke to the press a bit too soon, and Mr. Scott played politician Drew Walton.

Team 1026 is captained by Annika Strombom '10 and Madeline Roche '10, and consists of Nicholas Wondra '09, Kyle Blesener '10, Kasun Wijegunawardana '10, Nedah Zamani '10, and Eli Wade - Scott '11.

The Rams will now compete in the Opening Round of the Championship Series in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13th, March 14th and March 15th.

AMTA Opening Round Championship Series
March 13-15, 2009
Kansas City, MO

The Cornell College Mock Trial Team made its first trip into the postseason this past weekend, and came away victorious at their Opening Round Championship Site, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rams compiled their best record of the season, with 7 wins and 1 loss, by achieving victories over the University of Colorado, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Central Missouri State University. The Rams also had a split decision with Washington University.

Co - Captains Madeline Roche '10 and Annika Strombom '10 were once again honored for their individual performances as well. Miss Roche was honored as an Outstanding Witness, for her portrayal of a death investigator, while Miss Strombom was honored as both an Outstanding Witness for her portrayal as a news reporter, and an Outstanding Attorney for her advocacy for politician Drew Walton.

The Cornell College Mock Trial Team is: Madeline Roche, Annika Strombom, Nic Wondra '09, Kasun Wijegunawardana '10, Kyle Blesener '10, and Eli Wade - Scott '11.

By winning the tournament, Cornell has secured its place at the National Championship Tournament, held April 17, 18 and 19, in Des Moines, Iowa.

AMTA National Championship Tournament
April 17-19, 2009
Polk County Courthouse and Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Cornell went 1-7 at its first national championship tournament. The Rams split one ballot with the University of Arizona to garner its one win for the weekend. Competing in the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Cornell faced tough competition from the University of Michigan, Eastern Kentucky University, and Rhodes College.

Team 1026 was co-captained by Annika Strombom '10 and Madeline Roche '10. Fellow team members at the national championship tournament were Nic Wondra '09, Kasun Wijegunawardana '10, Kyle Blesener '10, Eli Wade-Scott '11, and Francis Dixson '10.