A team of high school students from Palmer High School won the Mock Trial competition for Southern Colorado Thursday night.
The final match came during a mock trial against a team from Coronado High School. It was held in the historic courtroom in the Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs.
The Hon. J. Patrick Kelly, who retired last year from the 4th Judicial District, judged the final round.
The finals followed several days of competition among 20 teams from throughout Southern Colorado. The top 5 teams will advance to the state competition.
The teams argued both as plaintiffs and defendants in a simulated case involving teen cyber-stalking. They were required to make arguments, question witnesses and present evidence, all in accordance with the rules of the courtroom.
The competition is sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs.
Palmer High School was the defending champion, with Thursday night's win continuing their reign.
Attorney Jean Miller, Deputy District Attorney Dan Zook, Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small, and KKTV 11 News Anchor Shannon Brinias helped judge the final round.