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May 24, 2006 - National Mock Trial Championship Results

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May 24, 2006
For Immediate Release

For information, call Carolyn Ferber,
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St. Mary’s Academy Shines at National Mock Trial Championship

St. Mary’s Academy placed 15th out of 44 teams from around the United States, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and South Korea at the 2006 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Oklahoma City, May 11–13. 

St. Mary’s Academy has been competing in Colorado’s mock trial program for only two years, but its accomplishments are outstanding. Four team members received commendations for “Most Effective Performances”: three awards for “Best Attorney” and two honors for “Best Witness.” Three of the awardees are seniors and will attend Cornell University, Trinity University and the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. In March, St. Mary’s Academy won the Colorado Bar Association’s State Mock Trial Championship, competing against 93 schools from across Colorado.

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 on all roles, including prosecutors, defense attorneys and 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, as well as how well witnesses play their roles, and dramatic speaking and persuasive argument skills. Teacher and attorney coaches have been working with the students since the fall to prepare them for competition. This year’s national mock trial case was set at a rodeo in which one of the competitors was accused of second-degree murder after allegedly tampering with a fellow competitor’s reins. The tampering caused her death after she was bucked from her horse. The cases typically are written to reflect a distinct quality of the host state.

Valley High School from West Des Moines, Iowa, defeated Kalamazoo Central High School from Kalamazoo, Mich., in the final round of competition to claim the 2006 National High School Mock Trial Championship.