PT Mock Trial team places ninth at state

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The Port Townsend High School Mock Trial team recently returned from the Washington State YMCA Youth and Government 2018 Mock Trial Case in Olympia, where students turned in outstanding performances, accordingly Chris Pierson, the team’s head coach.

At the competition, which took place March 23-25, the PTHS team decisively won trials against Camas High School and Archbishop Murphy High School. However, the team lost a split decision (by 1 point) versus Kings High School and fought a valiant fourth-round trial versus the Seattle Preparatory School team, which went to the championship round.

With Judge William Downing presiding, PTHS students argued against Seattle Prep, conducting what Pierson described as a “smooth and profession” trial.

“The students should be very proud – truly, this competition is so polished and competitive at the top level that a one-point ballot (three raters or “ballots” per round) is the difference between second and 11th place,” Pierson said.

Port Townsend students ended in ninth place out of 24 teams at the championships.

Teammates Joe Calodich, Max Stewart and Lilly Montgomery received nominations for Best Witness, while teammates Sophie Benskin, Maria Morrison and Corinne Pierson were nominated for “Best Attorney,” with Morrison winning that title.

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