Two members of Missouri Southern’s Mock Trial Team were recognized with awards during the Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational at the University of Missouri in January.

Marina Rojas, a senior criminal justice administration major, received an Outstanding Attorney Award. Brent Olson, a freshman general business major, was recognized as both an Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness.

This year’s case is a civil trial involving an animal trainer and a television studio which blames him after a fatal chimpanzee attack on a late night talk show. Team members must be prepared to argue both sides of the case.

“This year, MSSU has one of the most talented Mock Trial teams since the inception of the program,” said Dr. Nicholas Nicoletti, the team’s coach. “We have a mixture of veteran and new members that have proven to be formidable competitors. This year, just as in years past, we have won an award at every tournament in which we have competed.”