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March 13, 2005 - State Mock Trial Championship

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March 13, 2005
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Glenwood Springs High School team wins 20th Annual CBA Mock Trial Championships

 A team from Glenwood Springs narrowly edged out Kent-Denver in the 20th Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial Championships held in Boulder on Saturday.

This is the fourth year in a row a team from Glenwood has won. They will move to the national championships in Charlotte NC in early May.

The state championship was held at the Boulder Courthouse. Finalists included Boulder, Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Clear Creek, Doherty, Durango, Evergreen, George Washington, Glenwood Springs, Haxtun, Holy Family, Kennedy, Kent, Lakewood, Monarch, Ralston Valley, Rocky Mountain, Sand Creek, St. Mary’s Academy and Standley Lake high schools. Ninety-five schools across the state competed in regional tournaments.

In the finals, teams tried the case of a college party gone awry when a student dies from a spiked drink. Judges for the championship round were CU Regent Mike Carrigan, Boulder County Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin, Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan, Steve Jacobson of the Boulder Public Defender's Office. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided.

All teams prepare both sides of the case and don’t find out which side they will take until they step into the courtroom. Students take all roles, including prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, but do not serve as judges. Students are judged on how well they know the case, question witnesses, advocate their side of the case, make and respond to objections, how well witness play their roles and on dramatic speaking and persuasive argument skills.

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.