Durango, Glenwood top teams in mock-trial competition

Mock-trial teams from Durango and Glenwood Springs will represent the Western Slope next month in the state competition.

The Durango High School A team and Glenwood Springs High School B team captured first and second place, respectively, in the Western Slope competition Friday afternoon and Saturday at the Mesa County Justice Center.

Grand Junction High School captured the traveling Mesa County Bar Association-School District 51 trophy in the competition.

The Glenwood Springs High School A team won the contest’s Professionalism Award.
In the competition, teams dealt with the case of the People of the state of Colorado vs. Henri
Jones, in which Jones was charged with assaulting a colleague at the University of Colorado at Boulder as the result of a dispute about the reliability of supposed journal entries by explorer Zebulon Pike.

Teams had to prepare both defenses and prosecutions of the case, presenting and cross-examining witnesses and arguments.

Five students were recognized as outstanding attorneys in the case: Danika Porter of Grand Junction High School; Chuck Bergen-Aragon, Alex DeLeo and Garrett Brown of Glenwood Springs High School; and Luke Brossman of Durango High School.

Five students were recognized as outstanding witnesses: Jessica Morgan of Cornerstone Christian School; and Reid Jackson, Ben Young, Taylor Goodstein and Drew Walters, all of Glenwood Springs High School.

Staff members of the Grand Junction law firm of Hoskin, Farina and Kampf helped organize the annual event.


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