Southern hosts first Mock-Trial event

Just a week after competing in the Mid-Missouri Invitational at the University of Missouri, Missouri Southern hosted its first ever American Mock Trial tournament on Jan. 24 – 25.

Lacy Heiskell, junior, brought home an Outstanding Witness award from the invitational at MU.

Fourteen teams participated in Southern’s tournament. Over 35 attorneys judged the teams that travelled from five different states to compete in the invite. The tournament was sponsored by the Spradling Center for Law and Politics.

Sixteen individual performance awards were given at the tournament. Three of these were awarded to Southern students. Cory Garr, junior, and Taylor Hass, senior, each earned an Outstanding Defense Attorney award. Nicholas Kyle received the Outstanding Witness Award.

“The thing we are most happy about is that we have received a lot of positive feedback from schools and individuals complimenting the tournament,” said JoAnna Derfelt, the faculty trial team. 

Last season Missouri Southern’s mock trial team ranked in the top third of all teams in the nation. The team is currently preparing for its regional competition.

“We are working hard and looking forward to regionals,” said Derfelt.

Southern’s highly competitive team was established in December 2010.

The end goal for this team is to qualify for the national tournament, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., and hosted by the University of Central Florida.

“Last year we qualified for nationals, so we are hoping to do that again this year.” said Derfelt.