This past weekend at the State tournament held at the University of Illinois Law School in Champaign, the Timothy Christian HS Mock Trial team won their 7th state championship and first since 2006. Mock Trial is an activity where teams of student lawyers and witnesses prepare a court case and try it against an opposing team before actual judges and lawyers who evaluate them. It requires poise, analytical skills and the ability to think on your feet.
This year’s case dealt with a semi-professional hockey player who attacks an opponent with his hockey stick during a game. In the first round Timothy played Mundelein HS and followed that with a match against Oak Park-River Forest. The top eight teams in the state were then selected to compete in one final trial, in which Timothy faced a very strong team from Bartlett HS.
After this trial, the top 3 teams in the state were announced: Chicago Christian took third place, St. Charles North took second, and Timothy was awarded the championship. The Trojans completed an outstanding run having won the championships of DuPage County, Kane County, and the Northwest Suburban Bar Tourney.
The Trojans will now travel to Boise, Idaho to compete in the National Championships. They will have a new case to prepare, using Federal Rules of Evidence instead of Illinois rules. This case involves an Idaho sheep farmer accused of poisoning the sheep of another farmer.
The students who competed at the state tournament were seniors Justin Banks, Caleb DeHaan, and Alex Zebutis. Juniors who competed were Trevor Hoogendoorn, Grace Files, Josh Kalapala, Charles Hooker, and Elijah Tornow. Liz Canfield was the lone sophomore to compete.
Trevor Hoogendoorn was named an Outstanding Attorney and Alex Zebutiswon an Outstanding Witness award. Nick Terpstra, Catherine Carter, Becky Hanna, Olivia Schuringa, Ruth Hruska-Kelley, Will Terpstra, Austin Hoogendoorn, Will DeMey, Adrian Van Stee, and Seth Buikema rounded out the Timothy team. The team is coached by Social Studies teacher Scott Roelofs and attorneys Cathy Stein and Nathaniel Reinsma.
Congratulations to the team and coaches!