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350 High School Students Compete in Indiana Mock Trial Competitions

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 350 students will demonstrate their skills in public speaking, critical thinking and poise during the Indiana High School Mock Trial program in February. Fifty teams from 21 schools will compete in three regionals February 10 in South Bend and February 17 in Hammond and Indianapolis. The top 24 teams will compete in the state finals March 3-4, 2018, in Indianapolis.

The participating high schools and their Indiana cities are:  

  • Goshen: Goshen High School;
  • South Bend: Clay High School, John Adams High School, Saint Joseph High School, and Trinity School at Greenlawn;
  • Mishawaka: Marian High School and Mishawaka High School;
  • Carmel: Carmel High School;
  • Clayton: Cascade High School;
  • Fishers: Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern High Schools;
  • Indianapolis: Arsenal Technical High School, Heritage Christian School, Roncalli High School, and Shortridge High School;
  • Noblesville: Saint Theodore Guerin High School;
  • Lafayette: Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School;
  • Merrillville: Merrillville High School;
  • Hammond: Morton High School, and
  • Valparaiso:  Valparaiso High School and Washington Township Middle/High School.

In Mock Trial the students engage in simulated civil or criminal trials and compete against other high school teams. All grade levels from freshmen to seniors are eligible to compete. Guided by teachers or attorneys as coaches they study a fictitious case and have specific roles such as attorney, witness or defendant. They must present both the defense and prosecution during the three rounds of trials in the regional competitions.

One teacher, a three-year volunteer coach, said, “Mock Trial is the most critically demanding activity a high school student may undertake. It demands intelligence, creativity, acting skills, hard work, commitment to a team and dedication.  Students are given the opportunity to think and be authentically challenged.”

Mock Trial teams in Indiana occur in 21 schools with the assistance of more than 200 volunteers and reach approximately 350 high school youth.  The Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) manages the Mock Trial program as one of its four comprehensive civic education programs for Indiana students. The Foundation’s mission is to educate tomorrow’s leaders and strengthen appreciation for the rule of law. Find more about the Foundation’s educational programs at www.inbf.org.

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Media Contact: Collin Gruver, director of civic education programs, 317-608-6503 or cgruver@inbf.org.

Editor’s Note: some schools have multiple teams, which explains why the number of schools in above list does not equal 50 (the number of teams)

To receive a high-resolution copy of photos from a prior mock trial competition, please contact Kayla O’Brien at kobrien@inbf.org or 317-608-6502. To interview students, please contact the high school directly.

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