CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
Rhinelander Mock Trial Team Advances to Nationals
MADISON, April 4, 2005 – A
team of eight students from Rhinelander High School took first place in
the 22nd annual Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by
the State Bar of Wisconsin. This year marks the 11th time Rhinelander
High School has taken first place state honors. The Rhinelander team
will represent Wisconsin at the National Mock Trial Championship in
Charlotte, North Carolina in May.
"The mock trial competition helps to develop and test critical thinking
and public speaking skills while exposing students to the atmosphere of
a real life legal situation," said Charles "Chuttie" Senn, State Bar of
Wisconsin Law-related Education Committee Chair. "During the tournament
these students hone their skills and participate as witnesses and
lawyers in a case."
Rhinelander High School won the state championship after competing
against La Cross Central High School before justices of the Wisconsin
Supreme Court. In 2004, Rhinelander finished 2nd overall at the
National High School Mock Trial Championship which was held in Orlando,
Florida. This year's Rhinelander Mock Trial Team, under the direction of
teacher Kathy Vick-Martini, consists of Riley Catlin, Amy Ferguson, Eric
Hanson, Ben Kinney, Dakota Moe, Jacqui Stavis, Jean Westerhaus and Alex
The sixteen high schools participating in this year's regional
Region 1 – Eau Claire: Regis High School; Region 2 – Wausau:
D.C. Everest High School; Region 3 – Green Bay: Green Bay East
High School; Region 4 – Wisconsin Rapids: River Valley High
School; Region 5 – Appleton: Xavier High School; Region 6 –
La Crosse: La Crosse Central High School; Region 7 – Madison:
Madison West High School; Region 8 – Sheboygan: Sheboygan County
Christian; Region 9 – Janesville: East Troy High School; Region 10
– Milwaukee: Shorewood High School; Region 11 – Hudson:
River Falls High School; Region 12 – Rhinelander: Rhinelander High
School; Region 13 – Juneau: Plymouth High School; Region 14
– Waukesha: Brookfield Academy; Region 15 – Racine: Saint
Catherine's High School; and Region 16 – Sturgeon Bay: Sturgeon
Bay High School.
Last year more than 1,800 students participated in the Mock Trial
Tournament. Students represented both public and private schools from
all over Wisconsin.
Regional competitions are held across the state in February to
determine which teams advance to the state competition held in March.
Teams of 6-12 students argue a case before a panel of three mock trial
judges selected from a roster of actual judges and attorneys. The Mock
Trial Tournament operates with assistance from hundreds of volunteers in
local communities including attorneys, judges and coordinators of the
program. Participation of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is one of the
highlights of the program.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a
Wisconsin law license. With more than 21,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their
expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers.
For more information, visit www.legalexplorer.com.