A blanket of silence covered the room for a split second before screams of joy erupted from the BHS Mock Trial Varsity 1 team members as the news came in: they are advancing to State.
The trial began at 9:00 on the morning of February 16. The competition lasted until 11:30 a.m., and the half-hour afterward was spent anxiously awaiting the judge’s decision. All three judges ruled that The Bison had beaten Sartell in the final round.
“It was a very stressful moment,” said Caleb Hultmann ‘23. “Some things [in the competition] weren’t working out the way they were supposed to. We had made a lot of recent changes. We felt [the competition] was a lot closer than it should have been. Sartell was a good competitor. [The spectators] thought Sartell may have won. It was so close that we weren’t sure who won.”
The state competition will be held online this year. The Varsity 1 team would like to find a quiet place off BHS campus to hold their part of State. They are hoping for an empty courtroom but will work with what they can get.
After a long day of excitement, stress, and exhaustion, the BHS Mock Trial team will be working non-stop until State arrives. The State Mock Trial Tournament will take place virtually on March 3 and March 4, 2022, two weeks from today.
The members of Buffalo’s Varsity 1 Prosecution include Amelia Anderson ‘22, Samuel Cotton ‘22, Annabelle Anderson ‘23, Brady Anderson ‘23, Alex Dewees ‘22, and Karlyn Simonette ‘22. The team’s Defense is made up of Victoria Viteri ‘23, Abby Bertsch ‘22, Sydney Rhodes ‘22, Kate Manninen ‘22, Megan Nowezki ‘22, and Daphne Grambart ‘22.