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Patriot mock trial wins one, loses one, ties one

To date, the Pequot Lakes High School mock trial team has one win, one loss and one tie. The last regular season meet will be Thursday, Feb. 8, against Albany High School.

This year's case, The State of Minnesota vs. Cameron Ferris, is a fictitious case where a commercial truck driver is facing trial on charges of careless driving and criminal vehicular homicide for running a red light, leading to the death of another motorist.

The case has several factors at play, including Ferris' use of a cellular phone just prior to the collision, as well as Ferris' noncompliance with pre-trip inspections and weighing of the cargo.

The first meet resulted in a 215-215 tie between Pequot Lakes (acting as prosecution) and Apollo High School (acting as defense).

The second meet resulted in a 246-215 victory for the Patriots over Two Harbors High School. Pequot Lakes acted as the defense.

The most recent meet had Pequot Lakes fall to Sartell High School 226-199. Pequot Lakes acted as prosecution.

Mock trial is a competitive activity that fosters critical thinking, teamwork, public speaking and legal system exposure to students. The skills developed in this activity go beyond the courtroom.

This year's team is comprised of:

Seniors: Isabel Glover, Sebastian Kempka, Cora Brown, Dylan Lerfald, Michael Wallace and Brianna Kraemer; juniors: Erin Bengtson, Madison Chiodi, Eloise Gitchell, Kayla Neumann, Kaleb Sundstrom and Jordyn Taloe.

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