Mock Trial Denied Shot at State Due to Coronavirus


Seattle Prep Mock Trial

Seniors Marli Bosler, Maggie Waltner and Julia Oles pose after competing at Mock Trial Districts. The team was scheduled to participate in the State Competition which was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Gael Loor, Staff Writer

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, schools across the nation have shut down and started digital learning. But what about the clubs? Seattle Prep’s mock trial club (SPMT) was heavily affected by the cancellation of the Washington State Mock Trial Championship, which was going to be held in Olympia on March 21st and 22nd. Prep, along with many other schools such as Franklin and Holy Names were going to go participate.

The Seattle Prep mock trial team, which consists of 33 students and led by Ms. Freeman, M. McCarthy, Taylor Larson, and Christina Payne, were not able to make it due to the Stay at Home order. This is very unfortunate as seniors who were in the SPMT program aren’t going to be able to attend their last state competition. Team captain Michelle Nguyen, class of ’20 said that missing the championship is “painful.”

Sophomore Sam McGee, who has been on the SPMT for two years and just recently moved up to varsity hasn’t had the chance to participate in state championships but is “looking optimistically towards future competitions.” He also feel’s very sorry because everyone on the team has worked very hard to get where they are, and to have the state championship cancelled was a shame to see all their hard work go to waste. The Mock Trial Championship is part of the experience when you’re in SPMT. Nguyen added to this by saying that “It’s not just about winning either; all our traditions and fun events we get to do can’t happen anymore. These traditions are a huge part of the SPMT experience, and our season is never complete without them.”