Rhinelander High School will compete in the state tournament Sunday, March 10 at the 30th annual Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament in Madison. RHS has won the start title 15 times, including six of the last 10 years.
Ten regional champions and two “wild card” teams will participate in the tournament this year. The other regional champions are River Falls, D.C. Everest, Appleton Xavier, LaCrosse Logan, River Valley, Shorewood, Kettle Moraine, Lodi and Brookfield Academy. The wild card teams are Superior and Wisconsin Rapids-Lincoln.
Four rounds of semi-final competition will be held at the Dane County Courthouse March 10. The rounds are power-paired, pitting winners against winners, until ultimately the top two teams in the tournament are determined. The finalists will be announced at the mock trial banquet Sunday evening and they will compete for the state title on Monday, March 11, before the justices of the State Supreme Court, with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson presiding.
All of the members of this year’s RHS squad are returning from last year’s team, which placed fifth in the state tournament. They are seniors Matt Anderson, Melissa Sheth, Amber Toboyek, Elisha Sheffer and Lauren Sexton, and juniors Lydia O’Brien and Amber Sheth.
The faculty advisor is Kathy Vick-Martini and the attorney coaches are Jim Jacobi and Mike Bloom.