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2006 State High School Mock Trial Champion: Seattle Academy of Arts and SciencesMarch 26, 2006
OLYMPIA, March 26, 2006—Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences took top honors this Sunday as the 2006 champion of the statewide YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial Program Competition. The team is now eligible to compete for the national title this May in
Washington Supreme Court Justice Susan J. Owens presided over the championship trial, in which
Hundreds of high school students represented 20 high school teams from around the state against each other in the fictitious murder trial in which a bright, college-bound student is put on trial for “controlled substances homicide” for allegedly furnishing methamphetamine to a friend who later died in a house fire. The case was written by Assistant United States Attorney Mike Lang, and edited by King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, who serves as the state Mock Trial Program Chair.
Students engaged in four rounds of competition, serving alternately as prosecution and defense in the mock trials, before the top two teams competed for the championship on Sunday at
Top ten finalists of the competition are as follows:
3. University Prep (Blue team)
4. University Prep (Green team)
5. Seattle Prep (Blue team)
For the weekend competitions, the Best Overall Witness Award went to Bekah Helsel of
More than 30 judges and 120 attorneys statewide volunteered their time in the three-day event. The YMCA Mock Trial competition is in its 19th year, allowing students to participate in true-to-life courtroom drama before real judges in real courtrooms, gaining an understanding of the law and the role of the judiciary.
Contacts: Janelle D. Nesbit, YMCA Youth and Government Director at 253-370-1757; Jenny Zuvetsky, Seattle Academy Coach 206-276-1057; or Judge William Downing, Mock Trial Program Chair at 206-296-9362.
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