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EKU Mock Trial Places 7th at GAMTI

EKU Mock Trial Places 7th at GAMTI

Eastern Kentucky University placed seventh in the 24-team Great American Mock Trial Invitational (GAMTI) held on November 3-4, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

“Invitations to this tournament are highly coveted,” said Dr. Sara Zeigler, one of four coaches for the team, “and the conventional wisdom says that a top-ten finish [there] is similar to a top-ten finish at the National Championship.”

The EKU team, composed entirely of Kentuckians (several coming from rural communities of less than 5,000), finished ahead of teams from three Ivy League schools – Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. It also surpassed teams from American University, the University of Georgia, the University of Maryland, Miami University, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and others.  It conducted trials against Miami University, the University of Virginia, Howard University, and Macalester College.

EKU’s Matthew Boggs, a chemistry major and Honors Program student from Whitesburg, was honored as an Outstanding Witness. Caleb Taylor, a political science major from Union, was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney.

Other members of the Eastern team were Jade Petty, psychology major from Stanton; Damir Siahkoohi, homeland security major and Honors Program member from Irvine; Anthony Sean Potter, political science and anthropology major and Honors Program member from Whitesburg; Joshua Lang, political science major and Honors Program member from Fort Thomas; Keifer Kentrup, philosophy major and Honors Program member from Taylor Mill; Cynthia Chang, biology major from Richmond; and Marcus Segura, political science and deaf studies major from Fort Thomas.

The team is coached by Joshua Leckrone, Lynnette Noblitt, Tom Parker and Sara Zeigler.

The program is grateful to University Programs, the College of Justice and Safety, the Department of Government, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Distinguished Alumnus Robert E. Sanders for their support.

Published on November 08, 2012

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