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Posted on April 26, 2018 by Marlene Colgan
Congratulations to the Olathe North Mock Trial team on winning the state championship.
April 26, 2018 ~ The Olathe North High School Mock Trial team was named the 2018 Kansas state champion and has earned the right to compete at the National Mock Trial Championship. The competition will be held mid-May in Reno, Nevada.
Team members Reem Atallah, Alexa Edmonds, Lauren Ellenz, Anchal Gupta, Kirsten Osei-Bonsu, Alyson Shirley and Vanya Shivashankar defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest’s team by four points to secure the title.
“The students spent weeks preparing for competition and their hard work has paid off,” Olathe North Debate and Forensics coach Richard Belske said. “They are the first Kansas City-area team to qualify for the national competition in nearly a decade and they are the only Olathe school in history to qualify.”
Mock Trial is a speaking competition that is modeled after a courtroom trial. Each year the Kansas Bar Association releases a case that is based on a trial that occurred and students become familiar with the case materials and courtroom procedure.
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