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    High Schoolers Headed to National Mock Trial Tournament

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    For Immediate Release

    CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025

    High Schoolers Headed to National Mock Trial Tournament

    MADISON, (April 14, 2005) – Last month sixteen high school teams competed in Madison at the 22nd Annual Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin. The top five high school teams after the semi-finals included Rhinelander, La Crosse Central, Xavier of Appleton, Shorewood of Milwaukee and Madison West. For the sixth year in a row Rhinelander High School took first place honors and will represent Wisconsin at the National Mock Trial Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina May 4-6, 2005.

    "The mock trial competition helps to develop and test the students' critical thinking and public speaking skills while also giving the students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a real life legal situation," said Charles "Chuttie" Senn, State Bar of Wisconsin Law-Related Education Committee Chair. "These students compete by honing their skills and participating as witnesses and lawyers in a case."

    Hundreds of lawyers, judges and teachers volunteer at the annual tournament as a way of serving the community by educating students about the legal process. Last year more than 1,800 students, from both public and private schools, participated in the competition. 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. Participation of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is one of the highlights of the program.

    The sixteen high schools participating in this year's regional competition include:

    Region 1: Eau Claire
    Regis High School
    Teacher: Howard Campbell
    Attorney Coaches: John Manydeeds, Dana Smetana, Tim Sullivan
    Region 2: Wausau
    D.C. Everest High School
    Teacher: Pete Newton
    Attorney Coaches: Dan Cveykus, Robin Kennedy, Greg Strasser
    Region 3: Green Bay
    Green Bay East High School
    Teachers: Donna Jahnke, Brian Nash
    Attorney Coach: Tricia Nell
    Region 4: Wisconsin Rapids
    River Valley High School
    Teachers: J. Hollenberger, Mick Showen
    Attorney Coach: Ted Frank
    Region 5: Appleton
    Appleton: Xavier High School
    Teacher: Monica Jones
    Assistant Coaches: Ellen Breithaupt, Brian Borchardt
    Attorney Coaches: Kevin Loneergan, Lora Zimmer
    Region 6: La Crosse
    La Crosse Central High School
    Teacher: Kurt Stainis
    Attorney Coaches: Frank Doherty, Tom Huh, Tom Fitzpatrick, Jeff George, Ellen Thorn
    Region 7: Madison
    Madison West High School
    Teacher: Mary Lehrer
    Attorney Coach: Peter Hans
    Region 8: Sheboygan
    Sheboygan South High School
    Teacher: Angie Hullin
    Attorney Coaches: Basil Buchko, Barb Kirchner
    Region 9: Janesville
    East Troy High School
    Teacher: Robin Himebauch
    Assistant Coach: Mary Lou Reinholtz
    Attorney Coach: James Mills
    Region 10: Milwaukee
    Shorewood High School
    Teacher: Keith Heidmann
    Attorney Coaches: Nathan Bayer, Joan Clark
    Region 11: Hudson
    River Falls High School
    Teacher: Heather Boleman
    Attorney Coaches: Bob Parsons, Tracy Tool
    Region 12: Rhinelander
    Rhinelander High School
    Teacher: Kathy Vick-Martini
    Attorney Coaches: Mike Bloom, Jim Jacobi, Dan Musser
    Region 13: Juneau
    Plymouth High School
    Teacher: Tom Gerleman
    Attorney Coach: Elizabeth Rich
    Region 14: Waukesha
    Brookfield Academy
    Teacher: Bruce Rottman
    Attorney Coaches: Joe Redding, Dave Wacholz
    Region 15: Racine
    Saint Catherine's High School
    Teacher: Beverly Eppler
    Attorney Coaches: Pam Popken, Sally Hoelzel
    Region 16: Sturgeon Bay
    Sturgeon Bay High School
    Teacher: Steve Schmelzer
    Attorney Coach: Gina M. DeFurio

    For information about the Mock Trial Tournament, visit or contact Dee Runaas, State Bar of Wisconsin Law-Related Education Coordinator at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.

    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.