Students from Sparta High Point competed Feb. 11 in the La Crosse Regional of the Wisconsin State Mock Trial Competition that was hosted by the Wisconsin State Bar Association. The team competed at the La Crosse County Courthouse in front of area judges and lawyers, participating in four rounds of competition – two times as defense and two times as prosecution.
“The team competed at a very high level with great effort,” said teacher Nick Kingeter who coached the team. “Mock Trial is not an easy endeavor to pursue, lots of hard work was put into the preparation of the competition.”
The Wisconsin Mock Trial Program uses facts and case materials developed by Wisconsin attorneys to help students gain a better understanding of the court system as they develop arguments and build cases. Through mock trial, students are able learn about the legal system while developing their case. The High Point team worked with local attorneys Andrew Kaftan and Molly Kingeter throughout trial preparation.
“Mock trial teaches you to think quickly and coherently on your feet, as well as accept that there are two sides to every argument. You have to learn to respect your superiors and not be afraid to question or argue them. Overall it was a very fun and educational experience that taught us all life lessons such as public speaking, perseverance and respect,” students Weber Mentzel, Noah Stebbins and Kyle Banks wrote about their experience.
The High Point Mock Trial team was comprised of: Kyle Banks, Anika Stahmer, Noah Stebbins, Evan Geiwitz, Ely DeWitt, Weber Mentzel and Zach Gammons.