Glenwood takes 3rd at national mock trials

Students from Glenwood Springs High School took third place out of 48 teams earlier this month at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Phoenix. Charlie Willman was their coach.

Refreshed by the sun but fatigued from travel and competition, the Glenwood Springs High School mock trial team is home after placing third in the national championships May 5-7 in Phoenix.

The Glenwood team defeated schools from Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin en route to placing third out of 48 teams at the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

A team from Indiana won the national title.

“I’m very proud of them,” coach Charlie Willman said. “Third for a national competition is awesome.”

Willman went on to say that he and the students were still disappointed they didn’t win the whole thing.

Since mid-August, members of this year’s top mock trial team have practiced in preparation for various tournaments that ultimately led to placing third at the national championships.

Mock trial is, as the name suggests, a high school activity in which students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a trial.

Whether it encourages the next breed of Glenwood Springs lawyers remains to be seen, but the mock trial does teach students critical thinking skills, how to think on their feet and how to speak in a public forum, Willman said.

Members of Glenwood’s team were seniors Alex Pototsky, Christian Bergren-Aragon, Isabel Carlson, Joseph Ciborowski and Hope Whitman, and sophomores Erica Arensman, Grace Gamba and Eileen Klomhaus. Sophomore Isaac Carlson was the timer.

Pototsky was given a Best Witness award, and Bergren-Aragon was given a Best Attorney award. Only 10 awards were handed out in each category among 384 students competing.


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