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The mock trial program recently hosted its second annual Cartoon Classic tournament for 22 teams from 11 colleges and universities. A Lafayette team placed third overall behind two teams from Duke.

Trustee Scholar and history and government & law double major Lori Weaver ’06(White Haven, Pa.) and mathematics major Adel Lomibao ’08 (Easton, Pa.) earned Outstanding Witness awards.

Members of the third-place team were Weaver, captain; history and government & law double major David Myers ’07 (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), president of mock trial; mathematics-economics major Andrew Fagal ’07 (Skaneateles, N.Y.), vice president of mock trial; history and government & law major Richard Beatty ’08 (Milford, N.J.), secretary of mock trial; government and law major Charles Landon ’06 (Shrewsbury, N.J.); Marquis Scholar and mechanical engineering major Joseph Narkevic ’06 (Ambridge, Pa.); and Marquis Scholar and government and foreign languages major Alysse Henkel ’08 (West Des Moines, Iowa).

Each team received a cartoon character’s name to remain anonymous until judging was complete. Other schools that host events choose different themes to ensure anonymity.

Mock trial’s most recent tournament was held at Cornell University, where Lafayette competed against teams from 10 colleges and universities.

Weaver and government & law and philosophy double major Theresa Giamanco ’07 (Oak Ridge, N.J.) received Outstanding Attorney awards. Government and law major Brandon Sipple ’06 (White Haven, Pa.) won an Outstanding Witness award.

This year’s fictitious case involves the abduction of a 13-year-old boy named Bailey Reynolds. He was kidnapped after returning home from a soccer game while his parents were attending a party at the home of Tyler and K.C. Perry. A babysitter was staying with the Reynolds’ two younger children. They are accusing Tyler Perry of kidnapping Bailey.

The teams are coached by Diane Elliott ’74, director for public service at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government; Carmela Karns, administrative assistant; and Rob Fallone ’04.

Lafayette has competed in several invitational tournaments to prepare for the regional tournament that will be held Feb. 18-19 in Bristol, R.I. That tournament will determine competitors who qualify for the national tournament in March.

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