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Students build confidence through mock trial

Lane County high school students competed in the 34th Annual Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 7:23 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2020 6:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- On Saturday, eight teams from seven different Lane County high schools competed in the 34th Annual Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition.

North Eugene High School and Yamhill Carlton High School will be advancing to the Mock Trial State Tournament in Portland on March 6 and 7.

The competition took place at the Lane County Circuit Courthouse, and rounds occurred throughout the day.

Students were given a fictional scenario based on real-life events where they competed as attorneys and witnesses.

For many of the students, they said that participating in Mock Trial has provided them with a variety of skills.

Brayden Scott is a senior at West Salem High School. He said that he found the club interesting early on and has stuck with it ever since.

"I've always struggled with nerves and standing in front of people,” Scott said. “I get really shaky. Mock Trial has helped me overcome that."

Kaitlyn Nash is a North Eugene High School student and said that Mock Trial gives her a sense of accomplishment.

“Mock Trial to me is a place where I can learn self-confidence,” Nash said. “It’s where I can learn to project and give good speeches. It’s a place for me to build upon myself.”

“It’ll teach you things that you didn't think it would teach you,” said North Eugene High School student Irvania López Toledo. 

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