Mississippi Valley State University Mock Trial team competed in the John Marshall Diversity Mock Trial Competition in Nashville, Tenn. on February 16. During its second time competing, the team once again dominated the awards, taking home six individual and team awards.
This year’s team members are sophomore criminal justice major, Arlinda Carter, from Greenville, Miss., senior business administration major, Darren Woodson, from Picayune, Miss., senior political science major, Kylon Alford-Windfield, from Jackson, Miss., and senior political science major, Jacqueline Stokes, from Yazoo City, Miss.
In the John Marshall Diversity format, students arrive at the tournament and are assigned to teams with students from other colleges and universities. Each student was required to play the following five roles during the course of three trial rounds: opening attorney, closing attorney, directing attorney, crossing attorney, and the role of a witness.
Arlinda Carter won the First Place Overall Advocate Award for the second time this year. Her outstanding performance awarded her $7,500 in law school scholarships. This scholarship brings her to a total of $22,500 this season.
Darren Woodson won Third Place Overall Advocate award. He was also on the team that finished fourth in the competition. His team and individual awards netted him $7,250 in law school scholarships, bringing him to a total of $9,750 this season.
Kylon Alford-Windfield tied for Fourth Place Overall Advocate and his team finished third in the competition. He earned $6,000 in law school scholarships, bringing him to a total of $13,500 this season.
Jacqueline Stokes tied for Fourth Place Overall Advocate earning her $2,500 in law school scholarships, bringing her to a total of $9,500 this season.
The team will next compete in the National Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competition on April 12 – 13, 2013 at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill.