For the first time in its history, the Culver-Stockton College mock trial team has earned a bid in the national tournament structure of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).

For the first time in its history, the Culver-Stockton College mock trial team has earned a bid in the national tournament structure of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). The Wildcat mockers competed in the AMTA regional tournament in Topeka, Kansas, in February and earned a spot in nationals by finishing 5-3, tied for 7th place out of 24 teams. In addition to the team’s performance, student Christine Schlegl of Quincy, Ill., won the top attorney award at the Topeka regionals by scoring 19 out of a possible 20 points.

Their performance in February sends the team to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 16-18 to compete in the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS), the second round of the American Mock Trial Association national tournament structure. This year’s team includes co-captains Christine Schlegl and Grace Stiles, Megan Erickson, Kevin Figge, Dominic Heberlein, Shelby Clinging, Maddie Mennemeyer, and Sarah Wise.

According to C-SC Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and team coach, Melody Schroer, the students have worked hard to get where they are. “Leading up to Regionals the team practiced nearly every night until midnight. In preparing for ORCS, they returned early from their spring break and were back at it in the courtroom. I’m very proud of the initiative they have shown.”