The Stillwater Mock Trial Team took seventh in state in their inaugural season after going undefeated in its first two rounds of state competition.
“I was pretty excited for what we accomplished this year. And I’m very happy about it,” said junior Mitchell Sell, the student organizer. “We went up against the defending champ at state, and overall it’s pretty good.”
Team members Amy Crea and Alex Eitzman were stand-outs in the competition, winning the All State Witness Award and All State Attorney Award, respectively.
The team composed of Crea and Eitzman, along with Holly Fena, Rachel Hartwig, Carly Johnson, Nick Sabin, Alex Screaton and Mitchell Sell, was coached by Eckberg Lammers attorneys Tom Weidner, Kevin Sandstrom, Mike McCain, Rebecca Christensen, Jeff Kemp, Beth Kelly and Amanda Prutzman.
“Oh my gosh we couldn’t be prouder — they did a phenomenal job,” Prutzman said. “We’re proud of the work they put in. They exceeded our expectations, and we can’t say enough how proud we are of these fantastic, bright kids.”
Prutzman said the team is currently working on preparing for next year. Sell said that the students are planning on having some practice sessions over the summer to keep their skills up.
“We’re really excited for next year, and we’d love a repeat,” Prutzman said. “There’s a lot of increasing interest in the lower grades, and we’d love to get some freshman and sophomores involved as well. Most of the participants were juniors and seniors, so next year we’re hoping to get some more underclassmen to build a solid team for next year and the future.”
“Our goal is to go as far as we can next year, and we’ve gotten so much help from Eckberg Lammers and Mr. Kaul (a high school teacher) over the past year,” Sell said. “We can’t thank them enough for all of the support, and they’ve been really generous with their time.”
The team also lettered in mock trial this year and received some state recognition from Sen. Karin Housley. She honored the Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial team with an official Minnesota Senate resolution on March 27 at Eckberg Lammers Law Office in Stillwater.
Housley presented team members of the newly-formed Mock Trial team after they qualified for the Minnesota Mock Trial State Tournament in the team’s inaugural year.
“These students have achieved something very impressive with their performance during Mock Trial competitions,” Housley said. “Their win demonstrates that with focus, hard work and a lot of will, you can achieve your goals. They’ve represented our community very well. We are all proud of the achievements of these Stillwater students.”
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