For the second year in a row the Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team has advanced to the Minnesota State High School Tournament.
Last year, in its inaugural season, Stillwater’s Mock Trial team finished in seventh place at the state competition. In the team’s second year, they remained undefeated in regional and sectional competitions and will compete March 5-6 in the state competition held at the Hennepin County District Court.
The Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial program has grown from one competitive team last year to two teams this current season. The team competing in the state tournament this year is comprised of all seniors – Alex Eitzman, Alexander Screaton, Adam Johnson, Mitchell Sell, Holly Fena, Rachel Hartwig, and Nick Sabin – with support from underclassmen Natalie Sims and Justin Hannasch.
The Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team was started last year by high school students and sponsored by the Stillwater based law firm Eckberg Lammers.
The team is coached by the firm’s trial lawyers Amanda Prutzman, Tom Weidner and Kevin Sandstrom; and has also received coaching assistance this season from Washington County Attorney Pete Orput and Washington County District Court Judge Greg Galler.
The Minnesota State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Program is a law-related educational program designed to challenge students in critical thinking, team work and basic trial skills through simulated courtroom trial competitions.
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