Pocahontas Area High School crowned 2014 Mock Trial champion
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A 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.

Team 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.

The 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 Division.

A 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.

Read 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.