It didn’t take long for the brand new Mock Trial Club at MSU to make its mark. Competing in its very first mock trial tournament last weekend, the MSU squad received honorable mention for the Spirit of American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Award. This recognizes our group’s efforts to exemplify honesty, civility, and fairness.
We are incredibly proud of our mock trial members. Read Dr. (and coach) Jennifer LaPrade’s summary of the team’s showing at the recent virtual tournament and learn where they are headed from here:
“Missouri State University made history by competing in its very first Mock Trial Tournament over the weekend. The virtual tournament, hosted by Hamline University, included 30 universities including University of Southern California, Auburn University, Harvard University, University of California Berkeley, University of Missouri, U.S. Military Academy and many more. Missouri State University Mock Trial competitive team members met weekly for two months to learn Mock Trial and prepare for this first tournament. They had a great showing and made MSU proud!
Mock Trial Competitive Team members will continue weekly practices to prepare for their next full weekend tournament, the Third Annual Scarlet and Cream Invitational, hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln on January 9-10, 2021.”
Seventeen MSU students competed in the tournament (see below).
MSU Team 1
Kara Luster—Team Captain, junior, Criminology major
Christopher Johnson—Team Captain, senior, Philosophy major
Steven Flanders, sophomore, Criminology major
Victoria Ogbuifun, freshman, Chemistry major
Alison Moore, junior, Criminology major
Olivia Marks, junior, Criminology major
Claire Smith, junior, English major
Karissa Walker, junior, Marketing major
Autumn Brashers, junior, Criminology major
MSU Team 2
Cassandra Engle—Team Captain, senior, Criminology and Geography double major
Reid Parker—Team Captain, senior, Political Science major
Chase Coger, senior, Political Science major
Grace Gendron, senior, Criminology major
Emily Hicks, junior, Criminology major
Taylor Shrum, junior, History major
Rebecca Neumann, junior, Psychology major
Trystan Grembocki, senior, Criminology major