Fifteen Loras students and one faculty gave up a restful weekend to instead Du-Mock at the Cedar Rapids Regional Mock Trial Tournament held at the Kirkwood Center on February 16 and 17. The Loras College Mock Trial team took 2nd
place and advanced to the semi-finals in St. Louis. Six teams from semi-finals will advance to the National Championship in Washington, D.C.
“We beat Northwestern’s B team, Central College, the University of Iowa, Bradley, St. Ambrose, St. Olaf, Cornell College, Notre Dame, Luther, Grinnell and DePaul. Our record was five wins and three ties, the only technically undefeated team at the tournament,” explained Deone Merkel
, director of Loras Mock Trial.
Loras students who competed during the weekend were Chris Shultz
(’12) (Mineral Point, Wis.), Bo Anderson
(’13) (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Bobby Bauch
(’13) (Freeport, Ill.), Sarah Keely
(’13) (Leland, Iowa), Zach Shay
(’13) (Maple Grove, Minn.), Jessie Donels
(’14) (Cedar Point, Iowa), Julian Valdes
(’14) (Rockford, Ill.), Cody Arnold
(’15) (Elizabeth, Ill.), Cara O’Keeffe
(’15) (West Saint Paul, Minn.), Matt Resnick
(’15) (Dubuque, Iowa), Tracy Tillman
(’15) (Dubuque, Iowa), Luis Sanchez
(’15) (Glendale, Ariz.), Blake Gibney
(’16) (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Joseph McGreal
(’16) (Strawberry Point, Iowa) and Elaine Wasylko
(’16) (Chicago, Ill.).
“Loras has a very good chance of advancing to Nationals given the talent we have to work with this year and the amount of effort the students have been putting in. It will take some intensive practicing in the next month to make this happen, however,” said Merkel.
Keely also received an Outstanding Attorney trophy, one of only nine awarded. “It was so validating to see all of the blood, sweat and tears that we've been putting into this season culminate in such a positive outcome. I'm so proud and thankful to the team for how hard they've worked and performed this weekend. Without them there to make me look good it wouldn't be even halfway possible for me to get an individual award,” said Keely.