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Howard University’s Mock Trial Team Places Fourth at American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament, Heads to Nationals

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Members of Howard’s Mock Trial Team celebrate their bid to the AMTA Silver Flight National Tournament.
Front row from left: Nia Barge, Eddie Holiday and Vanessa McKinley. Back row from left: Omar Harding, Marquis H. Barnett and Jonathan Armstrong

Washington D.C., Feb. 27, 2008-- The Howard University Mock Trial Team (HUMTT) placed fourth at the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Capital City Regional Tournament Feb. 23 and 24. Howard’s award-winning team competed against 20 colleges and universities. In addition to the team’s win, junior Legal Communications major Jennifer Foster and freshman Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major Marquis H. Barnett won individual awards for their roles as witnesses.

The fourth place finish earned the 13-member team a bid to the AMTA Silver Flight National Tournament in Ohio March 7 and 8. A win at the national competition will qualify the team to compete at the AMTA National Gold Flight Tournament in Minnesota in April. The team recently placed fourth at the Ramblin' Wreck Mock Trial Tournament at Georgia Tech University in January.

About the Howard University Mock Trial Team:

As part of the award-winning Howard University Martin Luther King Jr. Forensics Society, the Mock Trial Team is a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). It was the first team to win two national AMTA championships in the same year, both the 1997 National Silver Flight Tournament and the 1997 National Gold Flight Championship. Howard’s team has been listed in the Top Ten Teams in the nation over nine times and has won the 2000 National Silver Flight Championship, the 1998 and 2003 Eastern Regional Championship and the 2003 National Division Title. In April 2006, the team placed third in the nation.

Howard University is a private, comprehensive university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330 or visit the University’s Web site, www.howard.edu

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