Four Johnston High School mock trial teams competed at the state level on March 28-30 with great success, with one team taking home the semi-finalist trophy.
Johnston’s teams included Squadra, Big Mock Candy Mountain, Oro Judicium, and Incendio.
The JHS sophomore team, Big Mock Candy Mountain, earned 10th place after facing tough opponents through the first three rounds of the competition on March 28-29. A junior team, Oro Judicium, received the prestigious Critelli Sportsmanship Award. Overall, three Johnston students were awarded outstanding performance medals: sophomore Mark Nagel (Outstanding Witness), sophomore Prakhyath Bujimalla (Outstanding Attorney), and senior Lauren McDowell (Outstanding Witness).
The senior team, Incendio, continued on to the semi finals on March 30, missing the final round by half a point to the eventual state champions. Incendio took home the semi-finalist trophy.
“What a battle!,” said Coach Kathy Paul of the competition. “Students had fantastic performances and we are so proud of them!”