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Varsity and junior varsity members of the Perkins County Schools mock trial team include (front row, l-r): Brook Barnes, Keegan Sims, Jeb Kohl, Meghan Bishop, Hallie Fisher and Coach Alex Linnerson. Back row: Blake Dolezal, Jacob Woodmancy, Ethan Terry, Samuel McArtor, Matthew Wendell, Kate Patrick, Peyton Woodmancy and Summer Postlewait.

PCS mock trial ends season at districts

The mock trial season ended for the Perkins County varsity and junior varsity teams at district competition Nov. 13 in Broken Bow. 

Coach Alex Linnerson said both teams were able to gain enough rank and points throughout the season to advance to district competition. 

The JV and varsity teams faced each other in the first round, with the varsity advancing to face Dundy County in the semi-finals. 

On the varsity team, Matthew Wendell, Jacob Woodmancy and Peyton Woodmancy served as lawyers and Ethan Terry, Sam McArtor and Meghan Bishop served as witnesses.

On the JV team, Keegan Sims and Jeb Kohl served as lawyers, Blake Dolezal and Summer Postlewait served as lawyers and witnesses, and Hallie Fisher and Brook Barnes served as witnesses.  

Kate Patrick and Jayden Huntsman were alternates. 

Nebraska’s Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program is in its 33rd year. The winning state team advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

In the program, the courtroom becomes the stage for high school student teams to create a realistic enactment of a mock trial and compete against other schools. 

Teams include six to eight high school students.

It enables teachers and students from across school disciplines to collaborate and learn how Nebraska’s legal system works. 

“One of the great things about the Mock Trial program is that it can bring together students who might not otherwise work together. 

One student might be from theatre, another social studies, plus others from different leadership roles within the school; such as sports, clubs, music or dance,” said Bar Foundation Executive Director Doris Huffman.

For more information, including the opportunity to review the mock trial case, go the

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