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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
November 16-17, 2013
Illini Invitational Tournament
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
December 7-8, 2013