PWHS Mock Trial team won first place at the 2018 District Competition, a feat the school has not achieved since 2005, scoring more points than all other 11 teams that competed. The team, coached by Ms. Moorhead, is composed of two sides. Making up the Prosecution is senior Eli Cole and sophomore Whitney Campbell as attorneys and senior Jordan Willis and freshman Evan Green as witnesses. The Defense includes seniors Noah Lovins and Dalton Pertuset as attorneys and Jordan Willis and freshman Anna Lovins as witnesses. Senior Candice Orris returned for a second year to play the part of Bailiff/Timekeeper. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Best Attorney awards for the second year in a row at a district competition. Jordan Willis won two Best Witness awards this year--one for each side she played--giving her a total of five Best Witness awards collected at a district competition throughout her four years of Mock Trial experience. 

This year's case is State of Buckeye vs. Adam Smith, with the defense arguing a motion for a new trial for convicted murderer Adam Smith. To advance and qualify for the Regional competition Feb. 16, both sides must win at the district level: the Prosecution defeated Notre Dame and the Defense defeated Valley. Other schools that West defeated in regard to total points scored to win the first place trophy include Portsmouth, South Webster, River Valley, Wheelersburg, and Ironton St. Joseph, The team's legal adviser is Jay S. Willis, who brings 15 years of Mock Trial legal advising experience as well as one year of experience 30 years ago as a team member. Additionally, the team was supported by Mrs. Ginn who volunteered her time to help create the winning team.
 
Written by Jennifer Moorhead

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