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Thank you for a great year

Congratulations on an excellent year to the Rifle High School Mock Trial Program. Rifle had two teams compete at the regional tournament in Grand Junction. The Gold Team finished second and went on to compete at the State Tournament at the Adams County Courthouse in Brighton. The team of Sadie Suarez, Alan Munoz, Kenia Chavez, Adamarys Nagaya, Luis Santana, Hannah Bodrogi, and Ethan Mackley were very impressive and performed extremely well. Adamarys Nagaya won an award as a Best Witness.

This could not have happened without the help of a lot of people. In just four short years, Rifle High School has gone from not having a program to having a team attend the state tournament. I am writing to thank Mr. Anthony Rossilli for agreeing to be our teacher sponsor and Principal Todd Ellis for letting me invade his school and start this program.

Attorneys Tim Graves, Katie Hays and Angela Strode, along with former teacher Marilyn Latham and graduate assistant coach Victoria Garcia, are amazing and so generous with their time and expertise. It can never be said enough how lucky we are to have you.

In order to get to Brighton it took money and we were lucky enough to have scholarships donated to us by the 9th Judicial Bar Association, the Rifle Boosters and the County Court Judges Association. We thank you all for being willing and of giving so generously.

Finally we also want to thank Ryan and Katie Mackley for helping us prepare for the state tournament and Suarez Masonry for their emotional support and generosity in helping feed the team. We could not have done this without all of you and we are so thankful for your participation.