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    High School Mock Trial: Brookfield Academy Advances to Nationals

    Kristen Durst

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    Brookfield Academy High School Mock Trial

    High School Mock Trial State Champs! Brookfield Academy’s team members include Anisha Guru, Skye McCoy, Srimayi Mylavarapu, Rachel Leclaire, Jason Tan, Najuf Malik, Ram GollaPudy, Alexandra Dortzbach, Claire McCoy, Ava Scheider, Razanne Saeed, and Shalini Gundamraj. Manjula Guru is the team’s teacher coach, and attorneys Jennifer Kent and Ken Dortzbach serve as attorney coaches. More photos of the final round as well as team and award portraits are available on the State Bar of Wisconsin Facebook page, with additional photos on the State Bar's Flickr page: State finals round, and team photos.

    March 13, 2017 – Brookfield Academy has claimed its first state mock trial title after defeating River Falls High School in the final round of the annual two-day state competition. Brookfield will represent Wisconsin at the 2017 National Mock Trial Championship, May 11-13, in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Justice Daniel Kelly served as presiding judge over the final round, which was held Sunday, March 12, in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    “Both teams put on an impressive performance,” said State Bar of Wisconsin Mock Trial Chair Emily Lonergan. “All of the students proved to the judges and audience that they have the composure and skills needed to handle a real court case.”

    Brookfield Academy’s team members include Anisha Guru, Skye McCoy, Srimayi Mylavarapu, Rachel Leclaire, Jason Tan, Najuf Malik, Ram GollaPudy, Alexandra Dortzbach, Claire McCoy, Ava Scheider, Razanne Saeed, and Shalini Gundamraj. Manjula Guru is the team’s teacher coach, and Attorney Jennifer Kent serves as attorney coach.

    Brookfield Academy and River Falls – who competed against each other in the finals for the first time – were the top two teams to make it out of the semifinals, which took place Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison. This year the semi-finals were expanded to include the first and second place regional team winners. In total, 24 teams from across the state competed in the daylong event consisting of four intense rounds of competition.

    “We are thrilled that we were able to expand the tournament this year, and allow so many more students to have the semi-finals experience” Lonergan said. “The judges were impressed with the caliber of the teams, including many of the runner-up teams who would not have been participating had we not expanded the tournament.”

    For more information about Wisconsin Mock Trial, contact State Bar Public Education Manager Katie Wilcox by phone at (608) 250-6191 or by email at kwilcox@wisbar.org.

    The Mock Trial program is funded by a generous grant from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, supporting law-related education and public service programs statewide.

    State Bar of Wisconsin Mock Trial 2017
    Top 10 Semifinal Teams
     

    1. Brookfield Academy
    2. River Falls High School
    3. Lodi High School
    4. Superior High School
    5. Whitefish Bay High School
    6. Beaver Dam High School
    7. Rhinelander High School
    8. Middleton High School
    9. D.C. Everest High School
    10. Oregon High School
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