team from Pocahontas Area High School triumphed over a team from Robins near
Cedar Rapids to take the championship in the 2014 High School Mock Trial State
Tournament Friday, March 28.
Pocahontas had the task of defending a young woman, Tatum Woodley, who was
charged by the state with harassing another young woman via the intranet system
at Kingswood College where they both attended. "Team Sunday,” as the Robins team
called itself, had the challenge of prosecuting Woodley.
decision on which team won the case was a close one, according to John Wheeler,
director of The Iowa State Bar Association’s Center for Law and Civic Education
which administers the mock trial program as part of the ISBA’s Young Lawyers
total of 32 teams out of the 106 teams from across the state who participated
in this year’s high school mock trial program competed in the state tournament
this year. They earned a berth in the state tournament based on their
performances at one of eight regional tournaments earlier in the month.
more about the 2014 high school tournament, including which teams made the top
12 and which individuals were selected by the judges as outstanding attorneys and
witnesses, in this news release. See photos of the
championship round here.