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Members of Western Carolina University’s Campus Mediation Society collected three top trophies at the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.
The WCU contingent competed against teams from 41 other colleges and universities from around the world, including schools from Canada and India, with a total of 140 students participating.
Individual trophy-winners from WCU were Derrick Clayton, a senior political science major from Asheville and president of the Campus Mediation Society, who took third place in individual mediator competition; and Jared Williams, a senior computer information systems major from Charlotte, who finished ninth in the individual advocate category.
In team competition, Clayton partnered with Emily McSwain, a junior business administration and law major from Sylva, and Kenny Carden, a senior business administration and law major from Zebulon, to claim the 10th spot out of the 42 teams taking part in the event.
“The WCU Campus Mediation Society had an excellent showing in the recent international competition in Iowa,” said Darrell Parker, dean of the WCU College of Business. “The experience and awards that these students won not only will enhance their individual resumes, they also enhance the reputation and image of Western Carolina University. We are proud of these students for representing us well on the international stage.”
The students’ performances in the international competition follows last month’s regional mediation tournament against schools from across the Southeast, where WCU’s team took six trophies, including two first-place prizes.
The students are working to raise funds to go to the National Law Institute University in Bhopal, India, for a competition in February, said Jayne Zanglein, faculty adviser to the Campus Mediation Society.
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