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EKU Mock Trial Zooms to Nationals

EKU Mock Trial Team

Eastern Kentucky University’s Mock Trial Program is headed back to nationals after finishing in second place at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional 3C Tournament on February 20-21, 2021.

EKU finished with a 7-1 record in the online tournament, defeating teams from the Air Force Academy, Patrick Henry College, and the University of Minnesota, and earning a split with American University. The team's impressive performance earned EKU a bid to the first level of national competition, the AMTA Opening Round Championships, in mid-March.

Abbey Birch, a junior political science major from Union, was the only competitor in the 20-team tournament to earn an Outstanding Attorney Award on both sides of the mock trial case. Houston Abbott, a junior broadcasting and electronic media major from Corbin, and Kate Richardson, a junior political science major from Richmond, earned Outstanding Witness Awards for their performances in the tournament. Richardson is a member of the EKU Honors Program.

Other members of EKU’s first-place squad include Ethan Fowlie, a junior fire protection engineering and arson investigation major from Saint Charles, Missouri; Carley Frost, a freshman from London; Ruth Speidel, a dual B.S./M.S. chemistry student from Jerseyville, Illinois; and Danielle Underwood, a junior paralegal science major from Olive Hill. Fowlie, Frost, and Speidel are also members of the EKU Honors Program.

EKU’s Mock Trial program is sponsored by the EKU College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences (CLASS). Faculty coaches include Lynnette Noblitt, Tom Parker, and James Pennington from the EKU Department of Government's Paralegal Program; Sarah Jo Jacobs, theatre instructor in the EKU Department of Music; and CLASS Dean Sara Zeigler.

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Thomas Parker

Published on February 24, 2021

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