PTHS takes home title in district mock trials

Alli Patton
Posted 2/10/21

Port Townsend High School’s varsity mock trial team secured the victory last week as repeating district champions, earning a trip to the state championships.  

With the mentorship of …

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PTHS takes home title in district mock trials

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Port Townsend High School’s varsity mock trial team secured the victory last week as repeating district champions, earning a trip to the state championships.  

With the mentorship of local attorneys, student teams participated in telling the story of a trial from beginning to end — preparing a pre-trial, arguing a case, gathering witnesses, and conducting cross-examinations. The varsity team won all four of their trials at the competition, held online Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 6. The Redhawks took home the premiere spot over Archbishop Murphy and Tacoma School of the Arts, who placed second and third. 

Chief Sealth and North Creek high schools were among the competition. Port Townsend’s junior varsity team won two of their trials and still hold on to the chance of going to the state competitions, as well. 

The trials took place via Zoom, however, that didn’t take away from the fun, high-tension atmosphere that normally comes along with these events. 

“I’m really proud of the students and all the hard work they’ve done,” said mock trial coach Chris Pierson.

“This is such a valuable activity,” Pierson added.

In conducting the mock trials, students learn to practice democracy and advocate for government while honing their writing and public speaking skills. 

The varsity team will go on to participate in the state competitions, planned for March 17 to March 21. 

When asked about preparation for state, coach Pierson said they will continue to “meet” via Zoom to practice their presentation along with their application of rules of evidence. 

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