Once again the Waco High Mock Trial Team is the Regional Champion of Region XII and has advanced to State. Team Members were Lauren Arias, Haley Miller, Tansy Ackermann. Alexandria "Lexie" Field, Gricelda Romero, Paige DuPuy, Thomas "Boots" Felton, Olivia Henderson, Rachael Stephens, Rebecca Heldenbrand, and Sophia Swenke. Attorney advisors were Asst. D.A. Gina Avery and Judge Ken Starr. Kresslyn Sanders (Tansy's Mom) and Mandi DuPuy were parent aides and drivers.
At State, several students received honors from the judges and peer nominations. Gricelda, "Boots", Haley, and Rebecca were named "Best Witness". Tansy, Rachael, and Olivia earned the "Best Advocate" title. Hats off to Paige who became a double witness on short notice.
Thanks go to Dr. Cane for sending us Judge Starr. Thanks to Ed Love for being there for pre-lims, semi-finals and finals at Regional and for being with us at State. Thanks to Donna Harris and Dawn Branch for organizing things at WHS. Thanks to Lisa Saxenian who was with us from Regional through State. Thank you to Mary Kay Miller who arranged travel, hotel and airplane flights. The list continues as we thank Larry Carpenter, Dr. Robin McDurham and Dr. Scott McClanahan for funding and watching rounds. We received great photos from Mary Senter and wonderful press coverage arranged by Bruce Geitzen. Ashley Stephens guided two of the team to Florida to catch up with Choir.
Mock Trial coach Rick Lowe stated, "I cannot express enough my thanks for the tremendous support by families of the teams who were at Regional and State. To all my fellow teachers and staff of Waco ISD I could not have had a better trained team. It takes all of us to showcase the great students of WISD."