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Windward Mock Trial Team Moves on to State

Windward High School’s Mock Trial Team qualified for the upcoming state Mock Trial Championships. Pictured (l to r): Teagan Hudson, Julie Kendall-Feller, Heaven James, Lydia Matheson, Alex Perez, Colin Nancarrow, Kelli Hall, Kaydn Waller, Mya Pederson, Jeremy Knapp, Jessica Head, Andrew Hansen, Samantha Fellers, Halle Tageant, Mason Waller

 

Windward High Mock Trial Team Qualifies for State

Windward High School’s Mock Trial Team is on its way to the state championships as the number two team from a competitive district that includes at least three perennial top 10 state teams and a couple of top 20 teams.

Mock Trial is a blend of law, debate and drama in which students learn about court procedures while sharpening their critical thinking and public speaking skills. Over the last two weeks, Windward High School’s Mock Trial Team competed against nine other teams in Snohomish County for District Competition and placed second, earning them a spot in the state.

Windward High School is only one of two districts in Whatcom County with Mock Trial teams. Windward High School is the smallest school in the county and is certainly one of the smallest schools in the state competition.  About 15% of Windward students are active members of the team. In its fourth year, Windward’s team members have worked hard to achieve success. Last year, the team attended the state championship as a wild card invitee.

In addition to finishing 4-0 during the regular competition Windward High School won honors for having both the Best Attorney, Jeremy Knapp, and the Best Witness, Kelli Hall, both seniors at Windward. Also, Jeremy is the founder and president of the school’s Mock Trial Club, which is entirely student led.

This year the mock trial case involves a death resulting from the collision of a self-driving car and a mule-drawn wagon.  The defendant, facing charges of first and second degree manslaughter, is a corporation and the victim was an employee and the driver of the auto.

The state competition is scheduled for March 24-26, 2017 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, Washington. Windward High School’s 15-person team, along with the other top twenty-three high school mock trial teams from districts around the state, will compete for the opportunity to go to one of two national competitions. Volunteer attorneys and judges from around the state will judge trials and rate students on their courtroom skills and composure.

“Overall I can say that the Mock Trial Club represents all four of Windward High School’s Core Values: Learning, Community, Leadership and Creativity.  All of our student activities involve these four values, and we expect students to apply their classroom learning and their love of our community to all of their creative endeavors,” said Club Advisor Chris Perkins.

Windward High School is a small high school in the Ferndale School District. Its purpose is to provide another learning environment for Ferndale high school students who may find a smaller environment where community, being known well by everyone, and opportunities for leadership and community services are experienced by every student. Windward serves approximately 125 students in grades 9-12. For more information about Windward, visit their website at ferndalesd.com/windward.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the YMCA who coordinates the Mock Trial Program.

For more information:
Student Leader Jeremy Knapp, 360.383.9289
Windward Mock Trial Club Advisor Chris Perkins, 360.383.9289, chris.perkins@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org