Luther students go big in mock trial

The Luther College Mock Trial team qualified for the Opening Round Nationals March 14-16 in Waukegan, Ill. To advance to national competition, teams must place in the top eight out of 24 in their regional contest.

Led by captains Aimee Lenth, Luther senior, and Margaret Kienitz, Luther sophomore, the Luther Mock Trial Team not only placed as a team, but also earned individual awards in regional competition at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. Feb. 22-23. Lenth brought home Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney awards while Kienetz was honored with an Outstanding Witness award. The team advanced to Opening Round Nationals with a record of 6-2.

Luther finished its season at Opening Round Nationals with narrow losses to Wheaton and Northwood Colleges, a win and a tie against St. Olaf College and two victories over Hamline College. Kienitz once again took home honors after being selected as one of the top three witnesses in the tournament.

Participants included Kientz and Lenth, who played roles of both attorneys and witnesses; and fellow Luther students Lilja Amundsen, Olivia Brooks and Delany McMullan as attorneys and Keziah Grindeland and Betsy Fawcett who took on the role of witnesses.