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State's best return from the Big Easy
MADISON, May 16, 2003 - Students from Rhinelander
High School placed 11th at last weekend's National High School Mock
Trial Championship held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the team's
fourth consecutive trip to the competition.
The National High School Mock Trial Tournament is designed to develop
and test critical thinking and public speaking skills while exposing
students to the atmosphere of a real-life trial situation. Hundreds of
Wisconsin lawyers, judges and teachers statewide volunteer to coordinate
the State Bar's High School Mock Trial tournament annually as a way of
serving the community by educating students about the legal process.
By winning the state competition in March, Rhinelander again earned
the right to represent Wisconsin in the national tournament. This year,
forty-four teams from throughout the United States and the Mariana
Islands made the trip to Louisiana for the competition. Tennessee's
Family Christian Academy won the event for the second year in a row by
edging out Glenwood Springs (Colorado) in the final round.
Under the direction of Kathy Vick-Martini and local Attorneys Mike
Bloom and Jim Jacobi, these students participated in this year's
competition: Paul Heideman, Megan Jacobi, Rohan Jain, Ben Kinney,
Jasleen Sikka, Jean Westerhaus, Kate Zambon and Jesse Zarley.
For more information on the Mock Trial Tournament, visit www.legalexplorer.com or
contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.