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PTHS Mock Trial team finishes 13th out of 26 schools
Caroline Meiners, Addie Rogers, Kate Rogers, Anna Grace McGee, Claire Kelly, Peyton Ford, Sarah Katz, Ella Bailey, Talia Housman Row 2: Grace Denton, Eileen Sember , Jennifer Young, Lance Butler, Maddie Ybarzabal, Hannah Fischer, Will Denton, Jose Rober

The Paducah Tilghman High School Mock Trial Team competed at the Kentucky Mock Trial State Tournament on March 3 and 4. The team placed 13th overall out of 26 teams from across the state, and Tilghman was the only school representing Western Kentucky.

Mock trial rules require a teacher and an attorney coach. PTHS teacher coach is Susan Hancock and attorney coach is Stacey Blankenship.

Seniors Jose Roberto dos Remedios and Claire Kelly were recognized as "Best Witness" and "Best Attorney." Jose Roberto dos Remedios received two perfect scores for witness presentation, and senior Will Denton received a perfect score for cross examination.

The two sides of Tilghman's team--plaintiff and defense--each competed in two trials at the tournament. Tilghman's plaintiff found victory against Newport Central Catholic High School but then fell short against Seneca High School.

Attorneys on the plaintiff team included Claire Kelly (12), Lance Butler (10), and Eileen Sember (10), while the plaintiff's witnesses included Caroline Meiners (12), Roberto dos Remedios (12), and Maddie Ybarzabal (12). Tilghman's defense team found an even match against Highlands High School but then lost to Dixie Heights High School. Attorneys on the defense team included Will Denton (12), Anna Grace McGee (11), and Peyton Ford (11), while the defense's witnesses included Talia Housman (12), Kate Rogers (10), and Addie Rogers (10).

Other members of the team attending the tournament included Ella Bailey (11), Hanna Fisher (11), Sarah Katz (11), Jennifer Young (11), and Grace Denton (10).

Defense attorney Anna Grace McGee commented, "Even though we had a couple of hard rounds, I really think we did our best. I'm really proud of our team, and I think we all got closer over the weekend. I'm looking forward to my senior year on the team."

This tournament concluded the Mock Trial season, and the team will receive a new court case for the state competition next year.


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