Gainesville, GA., October 18, 2012 – Gainesville State College Mediation Team Successful at 2012 Peacemaking Mediation Tournament.
Eight Gainesville State College (GSC) student members from the GSC Mediation Team won awards at the 2012 Peacemaking Mediation Tournament held at Georgia State University (GSU) on Friday, October 12, 2012.
The individual GSC Mediation Teams of Fernando Gonzalez (Flowery Branch), Kiran Singh (Cumming), and Branden Shaw (Lawrenceville) earned a second place a win and the GSC team of Penny Hollis (Gainesville), Kat Stallcup (Nicholson), and Amanda Seden (Braselton) earned a third place win in the Client Advocate Team Awards category.
In the award category for Mediators, four GSC students distinguished themselves as part of a five-way tie for second place, along with one student from Clayton State. Hollis, Gonzalez, Ariana Melendez (Buford), and Donna Jones (Lawrenceville) from GSC all received second place Mediator award wins in the five-way tie.
To their credit, Jones and Shaw were attending their first mediation tournament and earned recognition with their awards. GSC students Bethany Waites (Lawrenceville) and Consepcion Rodriguez (Gainesville) also competed with their teams in the tournament in all three rounds of the event.
The 2012 Peacemaking Mediation Tournament was held in conjunction with the Conflict Resolution Symposium at Georgia State University. This intercollegiate tournament included multiple teams from Brenau University, Clayton State University, Middle Georgia College, Georgia State University, and Gainesville State College making a total of 11 teams in competition.
Ray-Lynn Snowden, JD, is Coach/Advisor for the GSC Mediation Team joined by Advisor Dr. C. Thomas Preston, Jr.
The GSU Peacemaking Tournament is seen as a vital training ground for members of the GSC Mediation team as they prepare for the November 1-3 National Mediation Tournament sponsored by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution.