All rise: Mock Trial takes on virtual state


Lily Van Mullem

Mock Trial students competed in the quarterfinal rounds for the virtual state competition March 17-19. The team representing Lewiston High School included Seyi Arogundade (11), Kelly Ayres (12), Emily Graham (12), Graham Jones (9), Dalton Laney (12), Graydon Mader (11), Abby Rudy (10), Eva Steele (9) and Lily Van Mullem (12). Advisers Shannon Van Buren and Aaron Waits, plus coaches Matt Eggers, Joanna McFarland and Trae Turner, all accompanied them. The team did not qualify for nationals, but it did have the opportunity to compete at state against other high schools from Montana and Idaho.
Van Mullem took on two roles at state competitions this year. She played plaintiff witness Remi Hartman, a nationally famous news reporter and journalist, and a defense attorney.
“I joined Mock Trial my freshman year. It’s one of the best things I’ve done during my high school career,” she said. “I’ve met so many cool and kind people and gained confidence speaking in front of others. I’ve gone on special field trips, and developed a strong friendship with my girl Mrs. VanB.”