FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rhinelander Captures State Mock Trial Title, Advances to
Nationals in Madison
Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Rhinelander High School is the winner of the Mock Trial State Championship and will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10. Shorewood High School took second place.
The two teams went head-to-head yesterday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, pleading their case in front of state Supreme Court justices. Rhinelander and Shorewood – who had gone head-to-head three times before at the finals – were the top two teams to make it out of the 31st Annual Mock Trial Semifinal event held at the Dane County Courthouse on Sunday. Sixteen teams from across the state competed in the semifinals – more than any other year.
For more information contact Attorney Andrea Gage, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org agage wisbar wisbar agage org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.
This was Rhinelander’s 17th state victory. Rhinelander’s team members include Erin Tenderholt, Anna Catlin, Amber Sheth, Lydia O’Brien, Albi Sabani, Ellie Rickman, Emily Ditzler, Mike Anderson and Sydney Schallock. Kathy Vick-Martini is the teacher coach, along with attorney-coaches Jim Jacobi and Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom.
“The word that I got, judge after judge, was that this was an incredible competition. There were a large number of teams that were very good and very competitive,” said State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. “I want to see our team win the national competition.”
In effect, Wisconsin might have two opportunities to claim the national title this year, as Shorewood will be on deck to step in and compete to even out an odd number of participating teams.
“Mock Trial is a great experience for the students. They learn to speak publicly, to think on their feet, and to work together as a team,” said Lonergan. “It is quite an honor to host the national competition.”
Those interested in making a donation or signing up to volunteer can visit nationalmocktrial2014.wisbar.org or call State Bar Public Education Manager Katie Wilcox at (608) 250-6191 or org PubEdCoordinator wisbar wisbar PubEdCoordinator org. Journalists interested in covering National Mock Trial events should contact Andrea Gage at (608) 250-6025 or org agage wisbar wisbar agage org.