Joplin, MO – Missouri Southern’s Mock Trial team took several awards during the recent Bearcat Invitational Tournament at Northwest Missouri State University.

In this year’s trial scenario, the team is litigating a civil case as they compete to qualify for the Opening Round of Championship Series of the American Mock Trial Association.  Professional writer Riley Winter, age 50 at the time of termination, has sued an online magazine, TBD, Inc., for wrongful termination on the basis of age discrimination. This case covers topical issues in employment law, technology and highlights generational differences in the workforce.

Returning senior Duncan Street, a political science major from Joplin, received an Outstanding Attorney award for his defense of Sawyer Shaw, owner of TBD Inc. Emily Tarter, a junior general studies major also of Joplin, earned Outstanding Witness recognition. Receiving an honorable mention for her work as Riley Winter’s attorney was Sarah Scott, senior criminal justice major from Galena, Kan.

The team will compete next in a Nov. 19 mock trial competition in Romeoville, Ill. They will host a tournament at MSSU Jan. 20-21 and are currently recruiting judges (law students, attorneys or other qualified persons) to volunteer. For more information, contact JoAnna Derfelt at