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Mock Trial team earns high ranking at national championship

Mock Trial team earns high ranking at national championship
  • Burt Street News
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(Omaha, Neb.)- Duchesne Academy’s Mock Trial team is celebrating after earning 12th place at the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

The team traveled to Wilmington, Del. May 3 and 4 to compete against hundreds of other high school students across the country. Duchesne’s team won the Nebraska State Championship earlier this year, which granted them a ticket to the national competition. Members of the team include: Team captain Lilly Risch Bakhit, Claire Jeffries, Susie Morgan-Girgis, Libby Saal, Ann Mammen, Emma Carlson, Camila Castro. Coaches include: Judge Stefanie Martinez, Jerry Laughlin, Rick Jeffries, Mark Laughlin.

“Our Mock Trial team is representative of Duchesne’s academic rigor,” Duchesne Head of School, Meg Brudney, said. “This team put in countless hours of practice to be one of the best in the nation. They show what it means to work hard toward a goal.”

Duchesne has a history of a strong showing at the National Mock Trial. In 2015 they took home the National Championship, and placed 2nd in 2016. This is the first time Duchesne has competed as reigning state champion since 2020.




About Duchesne Academy

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart was founded in 1881 in Omaha, Nebraska. Duchesne educates young women to be active participants in their own development. We provide a safe, loving place for them to learn how to evaluate complex matters with poise and discernment. A college preparatory school, Duchesne also prepares students for a lifelong pursuit of faith, understanding, and wisdom.


About the National High School Mock Trial Championship

The National High School Mock Trial Championship promotes an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions and other endeavors for students. The competition is hosted in a different state each year.