Seattle Prep won the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 10, beating a team from South Carolina in the final round.
The breakthrough victory for Seattle Prep came after six consecutive years of 3-1 records at Nationals. The years of coming tantalizing close to the championship round finally ended when tournament officials announced the finalists in the shade of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome.
To reach the fifth and final round on Saturday evening, Seattle Prep won trials against teams from Iowa and Florida on Friday, and Connecticut and Illinois on Saturday. The final trial took place in the ornate, majestic Wisconsin Supreme Court room in the State Capitol. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker presided. A distinguished panel of attorneys and judges from around the country served as the "jury" of scorers.
Seattle Prep sophomore Elizabeth Shields was one of 10 students recognized as an Outstanding Attorney for the overall tournament.
"This really is a fabulous accomplishment by some incredibly bright and hardworking young people," said King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, quoted in The Seattle Times. Judge Downing convenes the local mock trial event for high schools.
In comments to the Bar Bulletin, Judge Downing expressed his thanks for the support of King County attorneys and judges, including the King County Bar Association and its members.
"Over the years, KCBA and King County have generously supported this program as hundreds of local judges, public defenders, prosecutors and private attorneys have volunteered their time to help the students learn about their legal system while discovering their own talents," Judge Downing said.
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