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It's off to state for the Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team this weekend, to see if they could extend a winning streak that has gone on for decades.

Mock Trial is a competition involving teams in a courtroom-style setting arguing each side of a designated question.

One of the  coaches, Kathy Vick-Martini,  says the team is ready for competition...

".....Saturday the 12 regional champions and four wildcard team will be competing. At the end of the day the top two teams will be announced and they will compete for the championship on Sunday...."

They've won it 29 times before, as Rhinelander High School's Mock Trial team returns to the regional tournament in Wausau this coming weekend.

Mock Trial is a method for students to learn the legal system by playing the roles of attorneys or witnesses in a facts situation written by the State Bar Association. The procedure follows courtroom rules and about 100 teams compete.

In the past 32 years, Rhinelander was a national champion once, and has won the state competition 17 times. The coaches are Kathy Vick-Martini,attorney Amy Ferguson and Judge Michael Bloom.

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Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team took third place at the state tournament this weekend.

It’s only the third time in more than ten years that it hasn’t made the final round of the state competition. 

Rhinelander lost to Shorewood High School in the semi-final, and that team took second place while Appleton Xavier ended up in first.

Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says each round was incredibly close. 

With a total of 17 state titles, Rhinelander’s Mock Trial team has won more state championships than any other team combined.  

Rhinelander High School’s mock trial team finished eighth in the nation this weekend.  46 teams competed in the national tournament held in Madison. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says it’s the best they’ve done at nationals in a decade.  And that’s with seven of the nine members new on the team this year. 

Senior members and co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien both earned recognition as “outstanding performers” in attorney roles.  Three underclassmen from the Rhinelander team also earned “outstanding performer” recognition in witness roles. 

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The Rhinelander Mock Trial team heads to Madison Wednesday to compete with high school teams from around the country.

Faculty coach Kathy Vick Martini says preparing for the national tournament is a grueling process…because the team has only five weeks to prepare its case.   

“The kids basically have to sacrifice everything else that they do for this month and a half to prepare for the national tournament, and to their credit they’ve been working very hard, and they’ve done well.” 

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Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend.  The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.  

Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.     

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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.”