Indianapolis high school wins state mock trial contest

Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis is the 2022 Indiana High School Mock Trial Champion and will represent Indiana in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in May.

Heritage Christian’s Discord team defeated South Bend’s Mock Block team from John Adams High School in the state competition, which was held virtually, March 12 and 13. The Wasted Potential team from Signature School in Evansville and the Legally Brunette team from Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend were semifinalists.

Twenty-four teams and more than 240 students from across Indiana qualified for the state competition.

As state champion, Heritage Christian will represent Indiana in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Kalamazoo, Michigan, is hosting the national competition in May but, as with Indiana in 2021, COVID-19 concerns will keep the event virtual.

The Indiana Bar Foundation supports the Indiana Mock Trial program and oversees the regional and state competitions.

“We are proud to support this amazing program for Indiana students and their school communities,” said Charles Dunlap, IBF president and CEO. “Congratulations to all the participants.”

Individual winners from the state finals were Haley Bock of Heritage Christian, named outstanding attorney, and Cole Evans of John Adams, named outstanding witness.

Also, Chase Bauer, a teacher at Cascade High School in Clayton, received the Woods Dedication Award. This honor is named after Indiana Mock Trial Competition founder David Woods and recognizes a teacher, coach, parent or other individual who has provided exception dedication to the mock trial program.

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