The Mock Trial team travelled to Boise, Idaho, for the National Championship tournament this past weekend. They had earned the right to represent Illinois by winning our state championship in April. State champions from 45 states as well as Guam, South Korea, and the Northern Mariana Islands also competed. We found out that some states have up to 800 teams.
The Nationals case involved a sheep rancher suing a cattle rancher for allegedly poisoning her sheep with a disease called bluetongue. On the first day of the competition TC ran into a tough team from Connecticut and lost a close trial. TC then faced Alabama and defeated them, convincing 2 of the 3 scoring judges On Saturday we swept the scoring against a team from Arkansas. That put us at a 2-1 record competing against an excellent team from Ohio. TC fell by a few points in an outstanding trial for both teams. That put Timothy at a 2-2 record, with 6 judge’s ballots for us and 6 against us, good for 26th in the nation.
Throughout the whole season the Timothy team represented their school and their faith in a wonderful way. The Nationals team was made up of attorneys Elijah Tornow, Grace Files, and Trevor Hoogendoorn. The witnesses were Alex Zebutis, Justin Banks, Caleb DeHaan, and Liz Canfield. Charles Hooker and Josh Kalapala were timers. The team was coached by teacher Scott Roelofs and attorneys Bud Reinsma and Cathy Stein.