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Ainsworth Mock Trial Competes at State

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    The Ainsworth Mock Trial team finished the 2017 season with an appearance at the State Championships at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion, Nebraska, on Dec. 4 and 5.  The team didn’t fair well against other regional champions, bringing home an 0-3 record from the tournament.  “The competition was tough, as usual,” commented Coach Mary Rau.  “I could tell that when we started competing; we weren’t as sharp legally as we have been in the past.  We had two first-year attorneys on the team as well as several first year witnesses, and they had a very large learning curve to surmount.  Being really good at mock trial takes experience, and we were a little short in that category this year.”

            On Monday morning, Ainsworth played the defense and lost a split decision against Bellevue West.  That afternoon, the Bulldogs, again representing the defendant, lost in a split decision to State Runners-Up Columbus Scotus.  After the Monday night recognition banquet, Ainsworth was paired as the plaintiff with Grand Island Northwest for the Tuesday morning trial, and lost that trial in a unanimous decision of the judges.

            The state championship was won by Omaha Creighton Prep, with Columbus Scotus, Ogallala, and Gering rounding out the top four places.  Creighton Prep will represent Nebraska in the 2018 National Championships in Reno, Nevada, next May.

            “It was a tough year for us in many ways,” stated Coach Rau, “but we’ve learned so much and are very excited for next year.  We’ll have a young team again, but the experience gained this year will shine next year.”

            Members of the 2017 Mock Trial team are Seniors Cassidy Gilliland, Marley Murphy, and Kayla Witt; Junior Sam Wilkins; Sophomores Coy Carson, Ethan Christensen, and Raven Stewart; and Freshmen Cody Kronhofman and Brandt Murphy.