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Student Success Stories! A team of third-year students at the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden have earned high honors in the national finals for the National Moot Court Competition.

Marco Capasso, Kyle Phillips (PINE HILL), and Daniella Gordon were named the 2004 Region III Runner-up and won the award for Runner-up Best Brief in Region III. The winner and runner-up from each of 14 regions nationwide advance to the national finals in Manhattan in January.

This marks the third time in the past four years that a Rutgers-Camden National Moot Court Team has advanced to the national finals of the National Moot Court Competition. Moreover, it is the second time in the past three years that the team has earned Runner-up Best Brief honors in Region III. In the words of the coordinator of the Region III competition at this year's awards ceremony, "Rutgers-Camden has emerged as a Region III moot court powerhouse."

En route to garnering these honors, the Rutgers-Camden team defeated strong teams from the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania in the first and second rounds of the competition. In the semi-finals, the team defeated the University of Pittsburgh, which had written the third best brief in the region. In the finals, Phillips and Capasso lost an exceptionally close round against American University, which also edged Rutgers-Camden for Best Brief honors by a mere one-tenth of one point. Other schools participating in this year's Region III competition were Georgetown, George Washington University, Penn State-Dickinson, Temple, and the University of Baltimore.

Rutgers-Camden and American University will represent Region III at the national finals of the 55th Annual National Moot Court Competition. The national finals competition showcases the top 28 teams nationwide from an original pool of approximately 150 teams that will compete for the 2005 National Moot Court Competition title. The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the country.

Heather Greenwald (WEST DEPTFORD) has been named to the ESPN Academic All-America College Division Women's Soccer Second Team. Greenwald was one of 33 student-athletes named to the Academic All-America First, Second and Third Teams, selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated for the program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and be a starter or a significant reserve. Greenwald was selected as an Academic All-District II First Team player on Nov. 4, making her eligible for the national ballot. Her sister, senior midfielder Rachel Greenwald, earned a berth on the Academic All-District II Third Team.

Heather Greenwald, who carries a 3.75 grade-point average as a dual psychology and elementary education major, started in all 20 games for the 12-6-2 Raptors this season, leading the team with 16 goals and 44 points, and tying for the club lead with 12 assists and four game-winning goals. Her 16 goals and 44 points established single-season program records, and she finished her career with program marks for goals (46), game-winning goals (13) and points (121).

She became the first Lady Raptor to reach the 100-point plateau for a career. She was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6, 2004) and earned the school's Raptor of the Week honor the same day.

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