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  Avila's Mock Trial team competes at regionals    
  Kansas City, MO    
March 10, 2009

Recently, Avila University’s Mock Trial team traveled to Topeka, Kan., to compete in the Regional Mock Trial Tournament.

The team competed in a three-day, four-round tournament against 21 teams including; University of Colorado at Boulder, Creighton, Drake, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska, Southern Methodist, Washburn, Adams State, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado State, University of Kansas, MidAmerica Nazarene, and the University of South Dakota.

Stand out team member was first-year Michelle Beier. Beier earned the Best Witness Award, tying with last year’s winner. Beier tied for first place, competing against 66 fellow participants.

The Avila team started out strong, holding first place in the tournament. However, throughout the weekend, Avila lost their first-place grip and did not receive a bid to nationals.

“I am very proud and pleased to report that the team did very well,” said Mock Trial team coach and Avila business professor Andrea Olitsky. “The team worked well together, worked hard and had some fun as well.”

Team members include Michelle Beier, Jennifer Murphy, Ericka Brown, Brittany Aswegan, Cecile O'Hora, Benjamin Kopp, Thomas Wolf, Larry Hayes, Laura Powell and Jasmine Smith.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.