May 26, 2010
The Ben Frantz First-Year Mock Trial Competition, which has proven to be a major training ground for McGeorge's nationally ranked mock trial intercollegiate team, celebrated its 15th year this spring.
Stephanie Aarseth, Shani Roark and Michelle Wells shared top honors in the 2010 event, each winning a scholarship. Finalists in the event included Carissa Bouwer, Dayna Bryant, Amy Caskey, Rebecca Coleman, Brian Davalos, Liz DeChellis, Jeremy Ehrlich, Gabriel Herrera, Traci Holian, Vanessa Hunter, Katie Little, Kirsten Loftin, Clayton McCarl, Andrea Moon, Beau Russell, Brendan Sullivan and Brett Yorke.
Diane Coderniz, '11, Catherine Mariano, '11, and Jess Saucedo, '11 were the winners of 2009 competition. Winners the previous year included the recently graduated Kate Rankin, '10, and Diana Chinn, '10.
The mock trial competition is named after the late Professor Ben Frantz, whose generous gift endowed and initiated the event back in 1996. The event is open to all first-year students and draws a field of more than 70 contestants each year. Current mock trial team members lead workshops on opening and closing statements, and direct and cross examination in the weeks leading up to the event. Lauren Layne, '10, David Wiksell, '10, and Rankin coordinated the competition this year.