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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Highlands’ Mock Trial Team Wins State Title

Team to represent Kentucky in national competition in Hartford, CT

Mock Trial championship team (L-R) Sam Lorenz, Dustin Parsons, Payton Epperson, Christie Kremer, Kayla Groneck, Erin Gray and Edwin Vardiman. Not pictured: Abby Staab.
Highlands High School Mock Trial team won the state championship on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Team members are Christie Kremer, Erin Gray, Payton Epperson, Dustin Parsons, Edwin Vardiman, Sam Lorenz, Kayla Groneck and Abby Staab.

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) hosted the 2017 Kentucky High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 3-5, 2017. The tournament began at EKU in Richmond and then moved to the Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington.

The state tournament is a five-round competition where teams argue fictitious court cases and alternate their role as either plaintiffs or defendants as they progress through rounds. Team performances are judged by a panel comprised of attorneys and law students. This year, 26 teams competed with Highlands advancing through the rounds and ultimately defeating Louisville Collegiate School in the championship round with a nine-judge unanimous decision.

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The team will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the 2017 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 11-13, 2017, in Hartford, CT.

Michael Hils, Highlands High School social studies teacher and Mock Trial sponsor, credits the remarkable support of the attorneys and law students who volunteer to coach the team. Connie Kremer, Highlands graduate and long-time Mock Trial volunteer coach stated, “As coaches, we are fortunate to work with students of such a high caliber. We are incredibly proud of our students' performance this season, and ask for continued support from the community as we prepare for Nationals.”

We are proud of the team and commend them for their work in preparing for this very competitive tournament,” stated Brian Robinson, Highlands High School principal. “I am confident that this group of talented and dedicated students will represent Kentucky very well in the national competition.”

The Mock Trial program offers students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the legal practices and procedures of our judicial system while also refining their critical thinking and communication skills.

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