Mock trial team gains a second chance

Monica Gagne, Staff Writer

High school mock trial team Identity Crisis received a second chance to make it onto State Mock Trial competition that took place on March 1.

The second competition was a a result of three teams not being able to make it to the regional competition on Feb. 26 due to bad weather.

Having an odd number of teams, John Wheeler, president and spokesman for the mock trial competitions, was forced to bring up one team that did not make it on to state competition from the Feb. 27 regional run-offs competition.  Wheeler chose the team that had the highest points and lowest amount of margin loss from the original regional competition and notified Identity Crisis that they would have a second chance.

“I was incredibly thankful when I heard we were getting a second chance, personally, I was ecstatic,” junior and member of Identity Crisis, Aditi Dinakar said. ” Since this is my team’s last year together, being that we have five, we were grateful to have one last shot at state.”

The team competed March 1 and won both trials they competed in, which qualifies them to compete at the state competition.

Originally, only three Johnston teams were announced to have made it on to state. The teams were Big Red Fire Trucks, GOBA and Justice League.

The middle school and high school mock trial teams had their regional mock trial competition Feb. 26. The competition was held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium downtown.  Each team competed in two trials and the top 14 teams from that day moved on to compete in one last trial the following night, Feb 27. The seven teams left were declared to move on to State competitions which will take place March 25.