Press Release: News Release March 2003: Four-peat! - Rhinelander H.S. crowned 2003 champs:

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    News Release March 2003: Four-peat! - Rhinelander H.S. crowned 2003 champs

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      CONTACT: Jason Westphal
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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    Four-peat! - Rhinelander H.S. crowned 2003 champs

    MADISON, March 11, 2003 - For the fourth year in a row, the students from Rhinelander High School have won the State Bar's Mock Trial Tournament. After emerging from Sunday's semifinals, Rhinelander met Superior in yesterday's final round which was judged by four Wisconsin Supreme Court justices. It is the tenth time in the 20-year history of the competition that Rhinelander has won the state title.

    The 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. This year's case involved the battery of a student that was instigated by the defendant's perception of the victim's sexual orientation.

    By winning the state competition, Rhinelander has again earned the right to represent Wisconsin in the National High School Mock Trial Tournament, which is scheduled for May 8-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhinelander finished fifth at the 2002 national championships in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Under the direction of Kathy Vick-Martini and local Attys. Mike Bloom & Jim Jacobi, the following student participated in this year's competition: Paul Heideman, Megan Jacobi, Rohan Jain, Ben Kinney, Jasleen Sikka, Jean Westerhaus, Kate Zambon and Jesse Zarley.

    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. For more information on the Mock Trial Tournament, visit, or contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.

    Region 1

    Eau Claire Regis
    Teacher Coach: Howard Campbell
    Attorney Coach: John Manydeeds

    Region 9

    East Troy
    Teacher Coach: Robin Himebauch
    Attorney Coach: James Mills

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    Region 2

    Teacher Coaches: Rich Kopitzke
    Kathy Campbell
    Attorney Coach: Mike Hoerl

    Region 10

    Milwaukee Marquette
    Teacher Coaches: Thomas Noonan
    Nick Di Ulio
    Attorney Coach: Robert Mihelich

    Region 3

    Green Bay Southwest
    Teacher Coach: John St. Andre
    Attorney Coach: Mike Kirschling

    Region 11

    Teacher Coach: Kyle Smith
    Attorney Coaches: Ken Knudson
    George Glonek
    Kelly Thimm

    Region 4

    River Valley
    Teacher Coach: Mike Showen
    Attorney Coaches: Jason Hollenberger
    Ted Franke

    Region 12

    Teacher Coach: Kathy Vick-Martini
    Attorney Coaches: Mike Bloom
    Jim Jacobi

    Region 5

    Appleton Xavier
    Teacher Coaches: Brian Borchardt
    Ellen Breithaupt
    Attorney Coach: Carrie Schneider

    Region 13

    Beaver Dam
    Teacher Coach: Stephen Vessey
    Attorney Coach: Joe Militello

    Region 6

    La Crosse Central
    Teacher Coach: Hank Poehling
    Attorney Coach: Jim Birnbaum

    Region 14

    Brookfield Academy
    Teacher Coach: Bruce Rottman
    Attorney Coach: Joseph Redding

    Region 7

    Madison West
    Teacher Coach: Mary Lehrer
    Attorney Coaches: Melissa Smith
    Peter Hans

    Region 15

    Oak Creek
    Teacher Coach: Joe Cota
    Attorney Coach: Brad Lochowicz

    Region 8

    Sheboygan South
    Teacher/Attorney Coach: Lisa Rowe

    Region 16

    Sturgeon Bay
    Teacher Coach: Steve Schmelzer
    Attorney Coach: Lisa Vanden Branden

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.