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News Skutt Catholic High School Claims Third State Mock Trial Title

Skutt Catholic High School Claims Third State Mock Trial Title

Members of the Skutt Catholic Green team with Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, following their win of the State Championship
The "Green" team from V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha, won the Nebraska High School State Mock Trial title for 2011. This Skutt team defeated the Ogallala High School team in final round competition on Wednesday, December 7, in Papillion. Judge Lyle Strom, Federal District Court for the District of Nebraska, presided over the competition at the Sarpy County Courthouse.

The Skutt team, which presented the plaintiff's side of a civil libel lawsuit, has won the privilege to represent Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 3-6, 2012. A team from Skutt High School also won the state competition and competed at the national level in 2008 and 2011. The Nebraska Council of School Attorneys helps defray the students' travel expenses by annually awarding a gift of $1,000 to the Bar Foundation.

The Skutt team's teacher coach is Mary Meyers. Chrissa Schlake is the Ogallala team's teacher coach, and Michael Samuelson is the team's attorney coach.

Daryl Hansen, Dean of Business, Metropolitan Community College, awarded scholarships to members of the winning and runner-up teams. Skutt students will receive 12 hours of credit from the College, and the Ogallala team members will receive 6 hours of credit.

Taking third place in the championship was Chadron High School. Ainsworth High School was the fourth place winner. Other schools winning their regional Mock Trial competition and competing in the State Championship received honorable mention. They are Dundy County Stratton, Northwest of Grand Island, Battle Creek, Scotus Central Catholic, Platteview, Fillmore Central, York, and the Skutt Catholic "White" team.

On the evening of December 6, Creighton University sponsored a banquet at the Embassy Suites – La Vista for the Mock Trial students.

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