Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team won the regional championships at Wisconsin Rapids last weekend. It now heads to the state competition.
Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says Rhinelander could face stiff competition, with teams from around the state getting better and better every year.
“You never go into the state tournament with high hopes, you can be cautiously optimistic. With this team, there are so many new people to the team this year – but they surprised me at regionals.”
The team has an impressive record, winning 16 state championships in the past 30 years. It has won the regional competition for the past 28 years.
Vick-Martini attributes the team’s success to dedicated students and extra coaching from the legal community. She says students who participate gain a host of skills that go beyond the courtroom.
“There are all kinds of life skills that are learned in t his extracurricular that apply to any career choice. Public speaking, thinking on your feet, handling pressure, working in a group situation, team work, those kinds of things.”
The state competition in Madison will host about a hundred teams from around the state, March 9th and 10th.