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Seattle high school wins national honors at mock trial competition

A mock trial team from Seattle Prep won the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Wisconsin on Saturday, beating state championship teams from 45 other states.

The mock case examines a death at a rave in the Wisconsin woods. The victim’s lawyers argued that the dead man was poisoned by his business partner at an energy drink company, while the defense contends that the victim had a history of drug use.

Students received details about the case in April, and began preparing by studying cardiology, toxicology and intellectual property rights.

TVW will air the championship trial, which took place at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, later this month. TVW previously aired the Washington State Mock Trial State Competition in March.

The victory is the second time Washington state has won a national championship. Seattle’s Franklin High School took home the top prize in 2000.

More details about Washington’s mock trial program is available here.