A team from the school won the state championship last year, and one in 2014 traveled to Wisconsin to win the national title.
A Seattle Prep mock-trial team won the King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition, continuing the school’s victories as a state championship last year and as a national honoree in 2014.
The team on Monday won over second-place Franklin High School and students from 11 other schools, according to King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, who heads the event. Teams from the same top two schools won first- and second-place last year.
More than 275 students participated in the tournament, which began on Feb. 20 and ended Monday evening with the hours-long mock-trial event at the King County Courthouse. The top teams will participate in the state championship in Olympia March 18-20. The national championships are in Idaho in May.
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This year, the annual mock trial centered on a case in which claimant Dana Calas was seeking exoneration after her robbery conviction was reversed. And the challenge for students, who represented lawyers and witnesses, was to prove whether she could establish actual innocence, Downing said in an email.
“The students displayed a remarkable level of poise and analysis rare in the courtroom and far beyond that sometimes seen in presidential debates,” he added.
MacKenzie Palmer of Seattle’s Franklin High won the outstanding attorney award. Noelle Whitman of Seattle Prep, who played an animal-rights activist who saw the robbery in question, won the best witness title.
CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information provided to the newspaper, an earlier version of this post misspelled MacKenzie Palmer’s first name.