The Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School Trial Law team, in its second year of existence, recently qualified for the 2006 Washington State YMCA Mock Trial Competition after going undefeated in district play.
Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses in litigating fictitious cases.
David Miller tied for outstanding attorney and Ashley Robinett tied for outstanding witness.
Other team members: Ben Shively, Eli Wolff and Kyle Blackbourn (prosecuting attorneys); Shiloh Keo and Joe Millner (defense attorneys); Cory Larson, Dezy Riley, Ian Heusser, Erik Terpstra, Jonathan Rigby, Mark Leone and Ben Fritsch (witnesses); and Gabby James, Andy Leonard, Kevin Mayerchak and Christina Mitchell (alternates/research).
The team now heads to the Mock Trial State Competition March 24-26 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia.
The team is coached by social studies teacher Roger Brodniak, Everett attorney Jack Follis, state Court of Appeals Judge Bill Baker, Everett Municipal Court Judge Tim Odell and speech and acting coach Debby Lunceford.
McKenzie Sumpter is Sultan Middle School’s spelling bee champ.
McKenzie was one of 48 Sultan students who went on to grade-level competitions after participating in classroom contests. Second place went to Steven Goss; third place to Sid Cross. McKenzie on March 26 will participate in a regional spelling bee for school winners from Snohomish and King counties.
The winner of the regional competition advances to the 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Grimes leaves for Japan
Noelle Grimes is one of 25 recipients of a scholarship that allows students to live and study in Japan for a year as part of the Japan-U.S. Mutual Understanding Program for the 21st Century.
She is a sophomore at Mariner High School and will live at Kumamoto, Kyushu, in Japan.
She tutors, is president of the Japanese Club, plays flute in the school band, is involved with the Greenwood-Aurora Involved Neighbors, is a member of the Sno-King Kendo Club and received several academic, sports and service awards.
Snohomish music picks
Snohomish High School has four singers and one pianist who placed for MPMEA Solo/Ensemble Competition. Amanda Wolfe will be going to state as a soprano.
Molli Corcoran is a first alternate (soprano); Stefan Cummings is a first alternate (tenor); Surya Manickam is a second alternate (soprano); and Andrew St. Marie is a first alternate (piano).