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Ainsworth Qualifies for State Mock Trial

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     The Ainsworth Mock Trial Team qualified for state competition by defeating the Valentine team two a total of four times during district competition.  On Thursday, Nov. 16, Ainsworth played the Plaintiff and Valentine represented the Defendant in the Cherry County Courthouse.  Ainsworth won in a very close decision of Judges James Orr, Todd Flynn, and Bill Quigley.  On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Ainsworth played the Defendant to Valentine’s Plaintiff, and won in a unanimous decision of Judges Bill Cassel, James Gotschall, and Forrest Peetz.

            Members of the Ainsworth team who will represent Region 4 in the State Championships on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion are Seniors Cassidy Gilliland, Marley Murphy, and Kayla Witt; Junior Sam Wilkins; Sophomores Coy Carson, Ethan Christiansen, and Raven Stewart; and Freshmen Brandt Murphy and Cody Kronhofman.

            Other teams qualifying for state are Gering, Ogallala, Dundy County, Grand Island Northwest, Lutheran High Northwest, Columbus Scotus, Bellevue West, HTRS, York, Omaha Skutt, and Creighton Prep.

            The Ainsworth team is coached by Attorney David Streich and teacher Mary Rau.