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March 8, 2005 - Regional Mock Trial Results

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March 8, 2005
For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Ferber
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All-Girls School Wins Regional Mock Trials, Advances to Finals

St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls school from Englewood, CO, won the Arapahoe County high school regional mock trial tournament, qualifying them for the Colorado Bar Association state finals taking place this weekend. Most members of the team had never seen a mock trial competition before, winning in what is considered one of the state’s toughest regions.

Other teams to move on to state finals include Haxtun High School, a team from Weld County whose entire town population is smaller than most of the schools it met in competition; Denver’s George Washington High School, with 7 of 9 members who are freshmen; and Rocky Mountain High School, who in their first year had student Emily McConnell win best attorney at the event.

Teams will try the case of a college party gone awry when a student dies from a spiked drink. Judges for the championship round include CU Regent Mike Carrigan, Boulder County Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin, Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan, Boulder Public Defender's Office head, Steve Jacobson. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez will preside.

The Mock Trials will take place Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the Boulder County Courthouse, 1777 6th St. in Boulder. Parking is available across 6th Street. The first round begins Friday at 1 p.m.; second round around 4:15 p.m. Rounds will continue on Saturday with trials at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The announcement of the two teams advancing to the Championship Round will be at approximately 4:30 p.m., with the Championship Round beginning around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Teacher and attorney coaches have been working with the students for months to prepare them for competition. This is the 20th year of Mock Trials sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, and each year the process helps students develop critical thinking, speaking and reasoning skills.
Two teams from this region will go on to compete in the national tournament in Charlotte, NC, May 6-8.

The press is encouraged to cover this inspiring event and also to bring cameras in the courtroom.