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Students Try Murder Case at Mock Trial State Competition

More than two hundred high school students from across the Hoosier state are traveling to Indianapolis March 7-8 to vie for the title of state champion of the annual Indiana mock trial competition.

This year, students will try a murder case involving an off-duty police officer and a man with a criminal past. Through four rounds of competition, students will alternate arguing as prosecution and defense to a panel of volunteer attorneys, judges, teachers and community members who evaluate their performance.

The top two teams will make their case in the championship trial at the Indiana Supreme Court with Justice Steven David presiding. The winning team will move on to represent Indiana at the national high school mock trial championship hosted in Evansville, Indiana May 7-9.

Students from the following high schools advanced out of their regional competition and earned their place in the state competition.

From northern Indiana:

  • Clay High School, South Bend
  • John Adams High School, South Bend
  • Merrillville High School, Merrillville
  • St. Joseph High School, South Bend
  • Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend
  • Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso

From central Indiana:

  • Carmel High School, Carmel
  • Cascade High School, Clayton
  • Fishers High School, Fishers
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers
  • Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis
  • Roncalli High School, Indianapolis
  • St. Theodore Guerin, Noblesville

From southern Indiana:

  • Castle High School, Newburgh
  • Signature School, Evansville

Indiana mock trial is a program of the Indiana Bar Foundation. More than 500 students participate, and 250 legal professionals volunteer statewide. Mock trial is designed to inspire a deeper understanding of the law, the American legal system and the judicial branch. Students develop critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills through this hands-on experience. For more information about the Indiana Mock Trial program or the Indiana Bar Foundation, visit

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