Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-04-01

Samford University was represented by a team at the American Mock Trial Association National Tournament March 25-27 at Furman University, Greenville, S.C.

Aaron Parks, Ryan Reed, Lacy Sisk, Taylor White, Lauren Williams, Amanda Gargus and Evan McCloskey made up the team, which competed against 23 of the top teams, including powerhouses such as Harvard, Furman and Duke universities and the University of Georgia.

 Team member Aaron Parks said, “We competed against an extremely tough schedule, including Case Western Reserve University, with whom we 'split,' which is essentially a tie. Case Western went on to secure a bid to the next round, making us very proud to have tied with a team that is among the top 48 in the country. We also faced Duke and Furman and were competitive in both rounds, but ultimately came up short.”

Parks said because the team advanced so far “our program gained national recognition and credibility, which should open up more opportunities in the future as far as tournaments are concerned.”


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.