It’s time to add “mediation” to the list of fields where Clayton State University students excel. After returning from last week’s 2013 International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, there are no more mountains to conquer for the 2013 Clayton State Mediation Team. “There are no more tournaments this season. We have won the highest award,” says Dr. Judith Stilz Ogden, associate professor of law in the College of Business at Clayton State. Indeed, the Drake tournament concluded a spectacular campaign for Clayton State’s mediation team of Tamara Johnson (Supply Chain Management major, Atlanta), Bertha Amosu (Accounting major, Peachtree City), Latangila Hodges-Bellamy (Supply Chain Management major, McDonough), Patrick Moore (Legal Studies major, Stone Mountain), Shannon Moultrie (Legal Studies major, Fayetteville) and Matthew Blake (Legal Studies major, Peachtree City). In an international tournament with 42 teams from 25 colleges and universities from various countries, Clayton State won the First Place Mediation Team Award, the “highest award” referred to by Ogden. In addition, the team also came in sixth for the Advocate/Client Team Award, and individually Moultrie and Amosu took second place for Individual Advocate/Client. Also receiving individual awards were Hodges-Bellamy and Blake (Eighthplace Individual Advocate/Client Award) and Johnson (15th place Individual Mediator). As Ogden points out, the Drake tournament was the culmination of a month of successes for the Clayton State Mediation Team. On Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, at the Brenau University 11th Annual Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament, Clayton State’s team warmed up for Drake by taking the First Place Advocate/Client Team Award, the Second Place Client/Advocate Team Award, the Second Place Mediation Team Award, and the Third Place Mediation Team Award . Individually, Moultrie was the first place mediator while Blake took second place in the same category. Two weeks after Brenau, at the Georgia State University 2013 Peacemaking Tournament on Oct. 17, Clayton State again took the First Place Team Award, while Blake and Moultrie won the First Place Advocacy Team Award and Moultrie took second place Mediator Award. “The tournament gave out five awards, and our students won three of them,” noted Ogden after the Georgia State Tournament. Not surprisingly, members of Clayton State’s award-winning Mediation Team had good things to say about these experiential learning opportunities… Latangila Hodges-Bellamy: Working as a team can produce these kinds of results. Tamara Johnson: Being committed and consistent results in being successful. Patrick Moore: This weekend we proved that through perseverance and persistence you can be successful. Shannon Moultrie: These are skills that can be used in everyday life. Matthew Blake: Dedication and hard work pay off.