Lobdell Poirier Award
Given by the Learning for Life organization
(link), the Lobdell
Poirier Award "is given to a youth participant who best exemplifies
the spirit of the mock trial competition, as voted by his or her
fellow student participants at the conclusion of competition.
The award is named for two former youth participants, Tony Lobdell
and Walter Poirier. This award helps to remember these exceptional
young people and is awarded by you, the students, to the fellow
competitor who best exemplifies sportsmanship and the spirit of
(from email received from Emily Johnson at www.walterpoirier.com)
I'm sure as you're aware, the Learning for Life National Mock
Trial Competition has an award named for Walter. I just thought
you would like to know who won the award this year. It is not me,
but a person on my team. His name is Robbie Miller. He made more
friends at this competition than I think any other person did.
He truly deserved this award. I don't know if someone else has
given you this news or not, but I took it upon myself to tell you.
2007 Mock Trial Competition Winners Announcement
Tony Lobdell was a member of the Indianapolis Mock Trial Teams
for three years, from 1999 through 2001. During that time, Tony
grew into an outstanding young litigator whose firm knowledge of
the cases, as well as his natural and conversational speaking
style, made him a very worthy competitor. However, it was Tony's
efforts ourside the Mock Trial sessions that made him known and
admired by all who encountered him. Tony never met a stranger and
was always a leader in fostering and implementing friendships
between different posts. He "got it". He understood what this
competition is about; that is developing your personal potential
and establishing bonds with students across the country, not
winning rounds or awards. Sadly, Tony lost his life in an accident
while studying in Argentina in April 2004.
Walter Poirier was a member of the Lowell team from 1993 to 1997.
Walter had the type of personality that lights up a room. His
exuberance and love of life was contagious. Walter went on to
graduate from Notre Dame in 2001. Upon graduation, he passed on
immediate financial success and decided to help the world's poor,
joining the Peace Corps. While serving on assignment in Bolivia
in 2001, Walter disappeared. After numerous investigations by the
U.S. State Department and the Peace Corps, no sign of Walter was
ever found. For those who met him, even for a short time, the
memory of his joy for life remains.
(from the packet of information Learning for Life distributes
to participants in this event)