Gainesville State College and Brenau University Take Top Honors at National Mediation Tournament
Gainesville, GA., November 14, 2011 – Gainesville State College (GSC) and Brenau University (BU) both won national championships at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution's National Tournament, which was held at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA, November 11-12, 2011.
GSC won the school national championship in the attorney-client school division. The team of Gina Schwartz (26, social work major, Flowery Branch, GA, Vice President of the GSC Debate Club), Will Rigdon (22, engineering major, Oakwood, GA), and Madeleine Broxton (21, political science major, Cleveland, GA) finished second seed in the final four among the mediation teams, and went on to finish first in the final round to claim the national championship.
GSC and BU shared first place in the preliminary rounds as GSC’s Scott Fuller (33, Business and Marketing Major, Oakwood, GA) and BU’s Heidi Cranford (senior conflict resolution major, Dawsonville, GA), teamed up to win individual honors as a top attorney-client team. Fuller was on a team with Penny Hollis (49, early childhood education major, Gainesville, GA) from GSC as well as Cranford from BU.
GSC and BU won other major awards at the tournament. In school awards, the team of Amy Broome (31, Oakwood, GA), Mason Roszel (21, business administration major, Flowery Branch, GA), and Fernando Gonzalez (18, English major, Flowery Branch, GA, native of Los Angeles, CA) maintained GSC's top ten standing in the school advocate-client division by garnering a 10th place award for GSC.
In individual awards, BU’s Christina Poole (history/political science major, Covington, GA) won an all-American Award the third consecutive year she has received an All American designation at the national tournament.
Additionally, Gonzalez and Roszel placed fifth in the attorney-client individual awards, and in addition to Fuller and Cranford, were thus named All-Americans.
BU was also represented by Shantel Francis (a junior conflict resolution major, Newport News, Virginia) and Megan Blackwell (senior psychology major, Kennesaw, GA).
PHOTO CREDIT: C. Thomas Preston, Jr., Professor of Communication, Media Studies, and Journalism, Gainesville State College
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