2014-2015 Mock Trial Team

Team rosters

Team 1103
Sarah Bertschy '16
Amir El Aswad '15
Sam Stacy '15
Maria Goodfellow '17
Kenny Capesius '16
Evan Andersson '16
Chris Machold '16

Team 1104
Nora McKenzie '16
Laurel Fraser '16
Kahn Branch '16
Leonard Schlanger '15
Gwen Morrison '16
Tim Wiley '16
Yolanda Jones '17
Katelynn Raney '16

Tournament results

QC Invitational

St. Ambrose University; Davenport, IA
October 11-12, 2014

On October 11 Cornell Mock Trial opened its 2014-2015 competitive season with a two-round tournament hosted by St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  In its first outing of the year, Cornell took home first and second place honors, with Team 1103 finishing in first place with a record of 4 wins and zero losses and a point differential of +85, and Team 1105 finishing in second place with a record of 4 wins and zero losses and a point differential of +73. 

In addition to first and second place team honors, four members of Cornell Mock were recognized for their individual performances.  At this tournament, it took a perfect score of 10 out of a possible 10 rank points to receive an award.  Amir El Aswad and Gwen Morrison were both recognized as Outstanding Attorneys.  Evan Andersson and Andrew Havens were both recognized as Outstanding Witnesses.

Congratulations to all the members of Cornell Mock, and Amir, Gwen, Evan, and Andrew individually, for a terrific first outing of the season.


Arch Invitational

Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, MO
October 18-19, 2014

On October 18 and 19, Cornell Mock Trial began their 2014-2015 season in earnest by competing at the 5th Annual Arch Invitational hosted by Washington University in St. Louis.  Cornell took home two of the top eight team places at the tournament.

Team 1105 finished in fifth place with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.  Team 1105 took ballots from Washington University and two separate teams from Drake University.  Team 1103 took home 8th place honors with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.  On their way to their 8th place honors, Team 1103 took ballots from St. Louis University and two teams from Drake University.  Team 1104 finished just out of the standings with a record of 3 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie.  More importantly, Team 1104 was recognized with the Warren Davis Civility Award for exemplifying the ideals of honesty, civility, and fair play. 

In addition to team honors, Kenny Capesius was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney for his work as a plaintiff’s attorney, earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Evan Andersson earned an Outstanding Witness award with a perfect 20 rank points for his portrayal of a crime scene investigator.  Chris Machold was also recognized as an Outstanding Witness, earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for his work as a defense witness.

Congratulations to all the members of Cornell Mock, and Kenny, Evan, and Chris, for their outstanding efforts.


Richard Calkins Invitational Tournament

Drake University; Des Moines, IA
October 25-26, 2014

On October 25 and 26, the members of Cornell Mock Trial competed at the Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University in Des Moines.  For the second year in a row, Cornell Mock took home three of the top six team awards.  For the first time, however, Cornell took these team awards in a weighted ballot system that factors strength of opposition into both the final team standings and the team pairings for each round.

Team 1103 finished in second place with a record of four wins and four losses, taking ballots from Drake University and Creighton University, and dropping close ballots only to teams from the University of Iowa, both of whom also took home team honors at the tournament.  Team 1104 finished in third place with a record of five wins and 3 losses, taking ballots from Central College, Washburn University and Creighton University, and dropping ballots only to fourth place finisher Washburn University.  Team 1105 finished fifth with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie, taking ballots from Central College, the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), the University of Iowa, and Washburn University. 

In addition to team honors, two members of Cornell Mock were recognized as Outstanding Attorneys for their individual performances during the weekend.  Kenny Capesius received 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a plaintiff’s attorney, and Nora McKenzie received 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for her portrayal of a defense attorney.  An astonishing five members of Cornell Mock were recognized as Outstanding Witnesses for their individual performances as witnesses.  Evan Anderson received 19 out of a possible 20 rank points for his work as a plaintiff’s witness.  Chris Machold received 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for his work as a defense witness.  Andrew Havens received 17 out of a possible 20 ranks points for his work as a defense witness.  Maria Goodfellow received 17 out of a possible 20 ranks points for her portrayal of a plaintiff witness.  Kahn Branch was recognized for his work on both sides of the case, receiving 16 out of a possible 20 rank points for his work on both the plaintiff and defense side of the case.

Congratulations to all the members of Cornell Mock, and to Kenny, Nora, Kahn, Maria, Evan, Chris, and Andrew for their outstanding performances. 


Xavier University Invitational Tournament

Xavier University; Cincinnati, Ohio
November 8-9, 2014

On November 8 and 9, Cornell Mock competed at the Xavier University Invitational Tournament hosted by Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In their first outing since teams were reconfigured after the first round of tournaments, Cornell Mock Trial took home first and second place from the tournament. 

Team 1103, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Kenny Capesius, Amir El Aswad, Sam Stacy, Maria Goodfellow, Evan Andersson, and Chris Machold took home the first place trophy with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.  On their way to the tournament victory, Team 1103 took ballots from the University of Cincinnati, Hillsdale College, Miami University (Ohio), and Bellarmine University.  Team 1104, consisting of Nora McKenzie, Gwen Morrison, Katelynn Raney, Yolanda Jones, Leonard Schlanger, Tim Wiley, and Kahn Branch, took home second place honors, finishing with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie.  Team 1104 took ballots from Bellarmine University, Miami University (Ohio), the University of Cincinnati, and Hillsdale College.

In addition to taking the top two team awards, four members of Cornell Mock were also recognized for their individual performances.  Senior Leonard Schlanger received 17 out of a possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a forensic investigator testifying for the plaintiff.  Tim Wiley received 16 out of possible 20 rank points for his portrayal of a 15-year-old accused of the wrongful death of a friend.  Sarah Bertschy received 18 out of a possible 20 ranks points for her portrayal of a plaintiff’s attorney, and Maria Goodfellow also received an Outstanding Attorney award for her portrayal of a defense attorney, earning 17 out of a possible 20 rank points. 

Congratulations to Team 1103, Team 1104, Leonard, Tim, Sarah, and Maria for a tremendous performance.


Illinois State University Invitational

Illinois State University; Normal, IL
November 14-16, 2014

Mumbo Jumbo Invitational

Tufts University; Boston, MA
November 15-16, 2014

On the weekend of November 15 and 16, Cornell Mock Trial split its forces, sending two teams, 1103 and 1105, to compete at the Illinois State Invitational Tournament hosted by Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal Illinois.  Team 1104 headed to Boston to compete at the Mumbo Jumbo Invitational hosted by Tufts University. 

Team 1103, consisting of Sarah Bertschy, Sam Stacy, Chris Machold, Maria Goodfellow, Evan Andersson, Kenny Capesius and Amir El Aswad took home first place honors from the Illinois State Tournament finishing the weekend with a perfect record of 8 wins and no losses.  On their way to a perfect record, Team 1103 defeated teams from Drake University, University of Illinois (Springfield), Miami University (Ohio), and the Ohio State University.   Team 1105, led by returning members Amelia Vukelich, Lizzy Davidson, Andrew Havens, Aubrey Kohl, and Nikki Pereira-Plaza, in combination with new members Kayla Boyd, Drew Finely, and Chace Huntzinger finished with a strong record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.  Competing in new roles for the first time, Team 1105 took ballots from the University of Illinois (Urbana), Northern Illinois University, and St. Ambrose University.  In addition to a strong team record, Team 1105’s Amelia Vukelich earned an Outstanding Attorney Award, earning 18 out of possible 20 rank points for her work as a defense attorney.  Drew Finley, also of Team 1105, was recognized as an Outstanding Witness, earning 19 out of a possible 20 rank points, for his work as a plaintiff’s witness. Team 1104, consisting of Nora McKenzie, Laurel Fraser, Kahn Branch, Leonard Schlanger, Tim Wiley, Gwen Morrison, Katelynn Raney, and Yolanda Jones, brought home a strong record of 4 wins and 4 losses against an incredibly strong field consisting of all the perennial east coast power house schools at the Mumbo Jumbo Invitational. 

Congratulations to Team 1103, Amelia, Drew, and all the members of Cornell Mock Trial for a great showing.


Yale Invitational

Yale University; New Haven, CT
December 6-7, 2014

On December 6 and 7, Cornell College Mock Trial, Team 1103, competed at the Yale Invitational hosted by Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  Team 1103, led by captain Sarah Bertschy, and consisting of team members Kenneth Capesius, Evan Andersson, Maria Goodfellow, Amir El Aswad, Chris Machold, and Sam Stacy, finished 9th out of a field of 22 teams that included teams from Harvard, Yale, NYU, and Tufts.  Finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses, Team 1103 took ballots from Fresno State, Wellesley, and Tufts University.  The field (and judging) were incredibly tough and Team 1103 did a great job.

In addition to an outstanding team performance, Maria Goodfellow was also recognized for her individual performance, earning 26 out of a possible 30 rank points for her portrayal of a defense attorney.

Congratulations to Team 1103, and to Maria individually, on a terrific weekend.


Cornshucker Challenge Mock Trial Invitational

University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA
December 6-7, 2014

On December 6 and 7, Teams 1104 and 1105 competed at the Cornshucker Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  For the first time in program history Cornell won the tournament.  Team 1104, led by captain Nora McKenzie and consisting of team members Laurel Fraser, Kahn Branch, Tim Wiley, Yolanda Jones, Katelynn Raney, Leonard Schlanger, and Gwen Morrison took home top team honors with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie.  In route to their win, Team 1104 took ballots from Bradley University, Drake University, Indiana University, and the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).  The latter three teams that were defeated by Team 1104 finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the tournament respectively.  This is a great win on (close to) home turf for Cornell Mock.

Team 1105, led by captain Amelia Vukelich, and consisting of team members Eric Andow, Andrew Havens, Lizzy Davidson, Chace Huntzinger, Drew Finley, Kayla Boyd, and Nikki Pereira-Plaza also had a great showing at the tournament, finishing with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses.  Team 1105 took ballots from the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign), University of Illinois (Chicago), and Drake University.

In addition to taking home top team honors, two of Cornell’s own were recognized with perfect scores for their individual contributions.  Nora McKenzie earned a perfect 20 out of a possible 20 individual rank points for her portrayal of a plaintiff’s attorney.  Kahn Branch also received a perfect 20 for his portrayal of an expert witness for the plaintiff.

Congratulations to Team 1104, Team 1105, and Nora and Kahn, for their tremendous performance at the Cornshucker Invitational.


Windy City Invitational

Northwestern University; Chicago, IL
January 17-18, 2015

On January 17 and 18, Cornell College Mock Trial picked up its second semester tournament schedule with an appearance at the Windy City Invitational hosted by Northwestern University and held at the Daley Center in Chicago.  Team 1103, led by captain Sarah Bertschy, and consisting of members Sam Stacy, Amir El Aswad, Maria Goodfellow, Chris Machold, Evan Andersson, and Kenneth Capesius, and Team 1104, led by captain Nora McKenzie, and consisting of members Tim Wiley, Kahn Branch, Yolanda Jones, Gwen Morrison, Laurel Fraser, and Leonard Schlanger, all made the trek to Chicago.  In their first outing following the holiday break, Team 1103 finished with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties (converted to a 5-3 record), taking ballots from two squads of host Northwestern University, and the University of Indiana, and tieing a losing a ballot by one point to tournament champion Eastern Kentucky University.  Team 1104 also finished with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses, taking ballots from Macalester College, two squads from Loyola University, and Bellarmine University.  

In addition to a strong team performance, Maria Goodfellow was also recognized as an outstanding attorney for her work as a defense attorney, earning 18 out of  a possible 20 rank points.

Congratulations to Maria, and Team 1103 and 1104, on a strong first outing after the holiday break.


Stanford University Mock Trial Invitational

Stanford University; Stanford, CA
January 24-25, 2015

On January 24 and 25, Cornell College competed in its first ever major invitation on the West Coast, competing at the Stanford University Mock Trial Invitational, hosted by Stanford University in Stanford, California.  Team 1103, led by captain Sarah Bertschy, and consisting of members Sam Stacy, Amir El Aswad, Chris Machold, Evan Andersson, Maria Goodfellow, and Kenneth Capesius, and Team 1104, led by captain Nora McKenzie, and consisting of members Kahn Branch, Yolanda Jones, Tim Wiley, Laurel Fraser, Leonard Schlanger, and Gwen Morrison, made the trip to California to compete.  In a truly impressive showing, Team 1104 took home second place honors with a record of seven wins and one loss, while team 1103 took home third place honors with a record of six wins and two losses.  On their way to placing two teams in the top six, Cornell Mock Trial took ballots from Fresno State University, Scripps, Stanford, Macalester College, Hamline University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Portland.  

In addition to a tremendous team performance, Cornell College Mock Trial took home several individual honors as well.  Sarah Bertschy was recognized as both an outstanding attorney and an outstanding witness, earning 18 out of a possible 20 ranks points for her representation of the plaintiff, Andy and Lee Park, and 19 out of a possible 20 rank points for her portrayal of the defendant Hayden Duran.  Tim Wiley was also recognized as an outstanding witness for his portrayal of first responder Officer Dale Williams, earning 17 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Finally, Gwen Morrison was recognized as an outstanding attorney for her work as a defense attorney, earning 17 out of a possible 20 rank points.

Congratulations to Team 1104, Team 1103, and Sarah, Tim, and Gwen, on an impressive showing.  Team 1103 next competes in post-invitational competition at the St. Paul Regional Tournament sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association on January 30 through February 1.  Team 1104 will take a short break and represent Cornell on our home turf, competing at the Cedar Rapids Regional Tournament, hosted by Cornell College, on February 21 and 22.


Central College Invitational

Central College; Pella, IA
January 24-25, 2015

On January 24 and 25, Team 1105 from Cornell College Mock Trial, led by captain Amelia (Mimi) Vukelich, and consisting of members Eric Andow, Drew Finley, Kayla Boyd, Chace Huntzinger, Andrew Havens, Aubrey Kohl, Nikki Pereira-Plaza, and Lizzy Davidson, competed at the Central Invitational hosted by Central College in Pella, Iowa.  In their first tournament since the holiday break, this team consisting largely of newcomers to collegiate mock trial took 4th place with a record of five wins, two losses, and one tie.  On their way to this impressive finish, Team 1105 took ballots from teams from the University of South Dakota, Morningside College, and two squads from the University of Kansas.  In what truly was a team effort, Team 1105 achieved this finish without any individual awards, demonstrating just how tremendous their team work ethic and attitude is.

Congratulations to all the members of Team 1105 on a great showing.  Team 1105 next represents Cornell College in post-invitational competition at the St. Paul Regional Tournament sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association on January 30 through February 1.


AMTA Regional Tournament

Hamline University; St. Paul, MN
January 30-February 1, 2015

On January 30 through February 1st, Cornell Mock Trial began its post-invitational run with teams 1103 and 1105 competing at the St. Paul Regional Tournament hosted by Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The regional tournament is the first step toward qualifying for the national championship tournament to be held in Cincinnati in April.  Team 1103, led by captain Sarah Bertschy, and consisting of members Amir El Aswad, Sam Stacy, Chris Machol, Evan Andersson, Maria Goodfellow, and Kenneth Capesius, took home first place honors at the regional tournament, earning a bid to the next round of the tournament with a record of seven (7) wins, no losses, and one (1) tie.  Team 1105, led by captain Amelia Vukelich, and consisting of team members Andrew Havens, Aubrey Kohl, Nikki Pereira-Plaza, Abbey Sturm, Kayla Boyd, Drew Finley, and Chace Huntzinger, finished the tournament with a record of three (3) wins, four (4) losses, and one (1) tie.  Team 1105 was a single point away from being included in a seven way tie-break for the last bid out of the tournament. 

In addition to team honors, Sarah Bertschy was also recognized as an outstanding attorney, earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for her work as a plaintiff’s attorney.

Congratulations to Team 1103, Team 1105, and Sarah on a tremendous showing at regionals and good luck to Team 1103 as they prepare for and compete at the next level of the tournament, the Opening Round Championship Series in Geneva, Illinois, on March 20 through 22.


AMTA Regional Tournament

Cornell College; Cedar Rapids, IA
February 21-22, 2015

On February 21 and 22, Cornell Mock Trial continued in its post-invitational quest toward the national championship tournament as Team 1104 competing at the Cedar Rapids Regional Tournament, hosted by Cornell at the Kirkwood Conference Center.  Team 1104, led by captain Nora McKenzie, and consisting of members Tim Wiley, Yolanda Jones, Laurel Fraser, Gwen Morrison, and Kahn Branch, earned Cornell’s second bid to the next round of the national championship series, finishing the tournament with a record of six (6) wins and two (2) losses, finishing fourth overall at the tournament.  This represents the second consecutive year that Cornell Mock Trial has earned two bids to the next level of national championship series, the maximum amount allowed by the American Mock Trial Association.

In addition to team honors, Kahn Branch was recognized as an outstanding witness for his work earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points.  Nora McKenzie was recognized as an outstanding attorney, earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points for her work as a plaintiff’s attorney and a perfect 20 rank points for her work as a defense attorney.

Congratulations to team 1104, Nora, and Kahn for their tremendous showing at this pivotal tournament.  Team 1104 will next compete at the Opening Round Championship Series tournament in Geneva, Illinois, on March 20-22, where Cornell Mock Trial will seek to once again advance to the National Championship Tournament hosted by the University of Cincinnati in April.


AMTA Opening Round Championship Series Tournament

North Central College; Geneva, IL
March 20-22, 2015

Cornell College mock trial competed in the Opening Round Championship Series tournament at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles, IL this weekend. Teams 1103 and 1104 faced some challenging competition throughout the weekend.

Team 1103 finished with a record of 5-3 and have earned a bid to the AMTA National Championship Tournament! This is the 4th consecutive year, and 6th time over the past 7 years a Cornell squad has qualified for the NCT. The tournament will be held in Cincinnati, OH April 17-19.

Team 1104 went 3-4-1. While they did not earn a bid to the National Tournament, the squad represented Cornell extremely well throughout the weekend.

Several Cornellians also received individual awards at the tournament. Kahn Branch '16 was recognized as an outstanding witness and Nora McKenzie '16 was named an outstanding attorney. Maria Goodfellow '17 was recognized as both an outstanding witness and an outstanding attorney.


AMTA National Championship Tournament

University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, OH
April 17-19, 2015

On April 17th through the 19th, Cornell Mock Trial competed at the American Mock Trial Association's 31st National Championship Tournament hosted by the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The National Championship Tournament brings together the top 48 mock trial teams from across the country from more than 700 that started the journey.  For the first time ever, the teams making the National Tournament were given a completely new case for the tournament and only three weeks to prepare prior to the start of the tournament.

Cornell's team 1103, led by captain Sarah Bertschy and consisting of members Amir El Aswad, Sam Stacy, Maria Goodfellow, Chris Machold, Evan Andersson, Kenneth Capesius, Kahn Branch, Nora McKenzie, Mimi Vukelich, and Chace Huntzinger, put on a strong showing finishing with a record of 4 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie.  Cornell faced tough competition, dropping four close ballots to Drake University and Princeton University both of whom finished top ten in the tournament.  Cornell took ballots from Howard University and the University of Southern California.  The students that competed at the tournament were supported by the remainder of Cornell's mockers who worked hard to prepare the students that competed at the tournament.

Cornell's appearance at the 31st National Championship Tournament represents the fifth consecutive year the team has qualified for the national tournament.  The continued success of Cornell Mock Trial is a testament to the hard work of the students and the tremendous support of the faculty, staff, and alumni.