EKU’s nationally recognized Mock Trial team took third place at the Fifth Annual Colonial Classic Invitational Tournament, hosted by the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Oct. 26-27.
The Colonels finished the 22-team tournament with six wins and two losses. They swept ballots against such heavyweights as the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while splitting ballots in the other two rounds against George Washington University and the University of Virginia. EKU’s second team at the tournament finished with three wins and five losses, defeating Johns Hopkins University and earning a split against the College of William & Mary.
In addition to the team’s third place win, two team members earned awards of their own. Cole Bailey, a junior accounting major from Richmond, was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney, while Kate Richardson, a sophomore political science major from Richmond, received honors as an Outstanding Witness.
Other members of EKU’s third-place team included Brianna Palmer, a senior political science major from Richmond; Ruth Speidel, a senior forensic science major from Jerseyville, Illinois; Riley Alexander, a sophomore broadcasting and electronic media major from Lexington; Houston Abbott, a freshman pre-art/design studio major from Corbin; and Abigail Birch, a freshman criminal justice major from Union.
EKU’s Mock Trial program is sponsored by the EKU College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences (CLASS). Tom Parker is the coordinator of the mock trial program, and additional coaches include Lynnette Noblitt, James Tee Pennington, Sarah Jo Jacobs, and CLASS Dean Sara Zeigler.