Demons off to mock trial nationals

Glenwood Springs High School’s state champion mock trial team departs this week for the National Mock Trial Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina.

After several months of preparation for the state competition, the kids had just six weeks with the national case, which revolves around a fictional lawsuit by a college student and Olympic track hopeful over injuries sustained in a conflict with security at an Independence Day celebration.

Coached by Charlie Willman, Wes Burke, Siri Olson and Carol Craven, the team comprises Evan Carrington, Cassidy Creer, Valarie Flores, Rorey Freeman, Ben Neiley, Maggie Rosen and Kira Willis.

Glenwood has made the national competition seven times, finishing as high as second place, and came in 19th with a similar team last year. The competition has no divisions based on school size, so the team is up against all other national qualifiers.

The students will have a chance to practice in a series of scrimmages on Wednesday and Thursday before competing Friday and Saturday.

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