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Mock Trial Team Competes in First Invitation Tournament

Plano team photoCONWAY, Ark. (October 30, 2013) – The Hendrix Mock Trial team recently competed in its first invitation mock trial tournament in Plano, Texas.

The team went 4-4 against competition that included Baylor University, University of New Mexico, Southwestern University, and six other colleges from across the country.

The Hendrix Mock Trial Team includes:

  • Luke Castille ’14
  • Zana English ’16
  • Elizabeth Forrester ’15
  • Nigel Halliday ’15
  • J.D. Hoglan ’16
  • Chirag Lala ’17
  • John McAvey ’16
  • Sami Sexton ’17
  • Hamza Syed ’17
  • Will VanScoy ’14
  • Laura Yoder ’16

Castille received third place (defense witness) and Halliday received third place (defense attorney).

Shawn Johnson, a 1998 graduate who works as an attorney in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, was the team attorney and coach. He traveled with the team and has been coaching them since the beginning of the semester.

In January 2014, the team will compete in the Midwest Missouri Tournament in Columbia, Mo., and a regional tournament in Dallas, Texas, in February.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit