Reading High School's mock trial team once again went undefeated at the MockHawk tournament at Miami University on December 13-14. Reading finished the tournament as runner-up.
"We have now finished this tournament in second place twice and third place once (all undefeated records). The final overall ranking was decided by a points tie-breaker," said Andy Janig, Reading teacher and coach.
This year’s competition featured 28 teams from across the state including teams that have been multiple state champions and national competitors.
"To be one of two teams undefeated in this field is simply incredible. We outscored two Indian Hill teams and teams from Orange, Sycamore, St. Edwards, Mason, Walnut Hills, Danville, Kings, Madeira, and Oak Hills," Janig said.
Kudos to captains Erin Vaughn and Emily Turner for being named outstanding attorneys for the tournament and Haileigh Ballinger for being named outstanding witness. Each of these three students was ranked as the best attorneys/witnesses in their perspective trials by each of the judges!
Additional team members include Grace Longworth (who missed out on the exclusive best double witness award on a tiebreaker), Julie Thomas, and Jakob Allen--all who did an outstanding job!
Next up, The Buckeye Brawl at The Ohio State University, January 4. Good luck, Blue Devils. We are so proud of you!
Pictured is our Reading team with their runner-up trophy along with tournament director and 2012 Reading grad Ben Sandlin, Esq. Ben was active in the mock trial program when he was a student at Reading.