Wyoming High School Mock Trial News Release
For Immediate Release: Nov. 21, 2016
Contact: Marguerite Herman, firstname.lastname@example.org, k307-638-1468
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Cheyenne Central HS Team Wins Mock Trial State Competition
CHEYENNE – A team fielded by Cheyenne Central High School won the Wyoming High School Mock Trial competition and will represent the state at the National High School Mock Trial tournament May 11-13, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.
Seven teams from five high schools gathered in the district courtrooms of the Laramie County Government Complex on Nov. 19 and presented the prosecution and defense sides in the case of the State of Wyoming vs Frances(is) Warren. The defendant was accused of attacking an academic rival and stealing historical documents in order to protect the reputation of Wyoming Sen. Francis Warren and deny his involvement in the notorious cattlemen’s invasion of Johnson County in 1892.
Members of the winning team are: AubreyAnna Shaw, Sierra Jones, Rachel Frohnapfel, Penzi Tran, Will Hibbler, Coledon Church, Cassidy Klahn and Hunter Swilling. Teacher coaches were Erika Moncrief and Jody Bogus. Attorney coaches were Laurene Rogers and Hollis Ploen.
The 2016 Wyoming competition had the closest finishes in years, with just one point separating the first- and second-place teams. Finishing second was a team from Laramie High School, and third was taken by a second Cheyenne Central team. Teams were from Cheyenne Central High School (two teams), Cheyenne East High School, Laramie High School (two teams), Lander Valley High School and Casper Kelly Walsh High School.
Attorneys and judges from around the state helped to score and preside over the trials, and teacher and attorney coaches spent many hours working with the students to help them master facts of the case, rules of competition and rules of evidence.
WHSMT competition is open to any team of 6-8 students from a Wyoming high school, and eighth graders could join teams this year. Typically, the case is released on Sept. 1, and competition is on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Coordinators for WHSMT are Marguerite Herman, George Powers and Tracy Lacock.
Find previous mock trial cases, rules and information about coaching and scoring on the WHSMT Website www.wyomingmocktrial.com. Contact the coordinators at email@example.com, or call Marguerite Herman at 307-638-1468.
WHSMT is supported by grants from the Wyoming State Bar.