Starting this weekend, more than 350 high school students from around the state will demonstrate their courtroom prowess during the 2018 Indiana Mock Trial competition.
Fifty teams from 21 schools will compete in three regional competitions held Feb. 10 in South Bend and Feb. 17 in Hammond and Indianapolis. The top 24 teams will compete in the state finals the weekend of March 3 in Indianapolis.
As part of mock trial, student engaged in a simulated civil or criminal trial, filling the roles of the attorneys, witnesses and defendants. Volunteers, often attorneys, preside over the fictitious trial and serve on the panel of judges who crown the winning teams.
The Indiana Bar Foundation manages the Mock Trial program as one of its four civic education programs for Indiana students.
The participating high schools and their hometowns are:
- Goshen: Goshen High School;
- South Bend: Clay High School, John Adams High School, Saint Joseph High School, and Trinity School at Greenlawn;
- Mishawaka: Marian High School and Mishawaka High School;
- Carmel: Carmel High School;
- Clayton: Cascade High School;
- Fishers: Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern High Schools;
- Indianapolis: Arsenal Technical High School, Heritage Christian School, Roncalli High School, and Shortridge High School;
- Noblesville: Saint Theodore Guerin High School;
- Lafayette: Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School;
- Merrillville: Merrillville High School;
- Hammond: Morton High School, and
- Valparaiso: Valparaiso High School and Washington Township Middle/High School.