Xavier High School Mock Trial Team with the final round judging panel. Front row (left to right): Brianna Banks, Elizabeth Totzke, Katherine Pranica, Rachel Kubiak, and Claire Schauf. Second row: Katrina Mazier, Lauren Jamron, Hunter Van Asten, Ann Richey, Ben Bomier, and Hattie Jacobson. Third row: Attorney Michael Mather, Attorney Kristen Lonergan, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker, Attorney Michael Rosenberg, and Attorney Ellen Henak.
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March 10, 2015 – Appleton’s Xavier High School captured its fourth state Mock Trial title after the team defeated Shorewood High School in the final round of the annual two-day state competition. Now Xavier will go on to represent Wisconsin at the 2015 National Mock Trial Championship, May 14-16 in Raleigh, N.C.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker, a longtime Mock Trial volunteer, served as presiding judge over the final round, which was held on Sunday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court room.
“We had two exceptional teams make it to the final round,” said State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. “Both teams gave it their all and proved to a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges, as well as parents and other audience members that they are top rate competitors.”
Xavier’s team members include Brianna Banks, Ben Bomier, Hattie Jacobson, Lauren Jamron, Rachel Kubiak, Katrina Mazier, Katherine Pranica, Elizabeth Totzke and Ann Richey. Alex Wolf is the team’s teacher coach and Attorneys Daniel Flaherty, Michael Daily and Amy Menzel serve as attorney coaches.
Xavier and Shorewood – who competed against each other in the finals for the third time in six years – were the top two teams to make it out of the semifinals, which took place on Saturday at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison. Sixteen teams from across the state competed in the daylong event, which consisted of four intense rounds of competition.
“Having just hosted the National Championship last year, our expectations were high,” Lonergan said. “But all sixteen teams delivered. The trials were polished and on par with what we saw at the national level.”
For more information about Wisconsin Mock Trial contact State Bar Public Education Manager Katie Wilcox at (608) 250-6191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.