By Sara Lu, senior at Indian Hill High School
Given the history of Indian Hill’s mock trial program, it’s getting hard to top what they’ve done in the past, but this year they did it! Not only did Indian Hill win their 5th Mock Trial State Championship, but IH placed 1st AND 3rd overall (out of nearly 400 teams state-wide). This makes Indian Hill one of the top 50 mock trial teams in the country!
Before the season even began IH was already on an unbelievable start.
IH won not only first place in the annual Miami University Mock hawk tournament but IH also took home second as well. At the annual UC Mock Trial IH Mock Trial Team took home FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD place.
But of course Indian Hill doesn’t stop there. In the district competition, 4 out of 5 teams advanced to regionals and out of those 4, 2 advanced to state!
During State (3/9-3/11), both teams advanced to the semifinals and the state semifinal was an all-Indian Hill team trial (Indian Hill Black vs. Indian Hill Red). In the end, only one team could advance to the finals and by a split 2 to 1 decision, the Seniors narrowly edged the Sophomores in a match for the ages.
The individual State semifinalist awards were for Outstanding witness awards: Sydney Miles, Milan Bhandari, Sumner Colohan, and Cooper Pierce (with two), Outstanding attorney awards: Albert Kwon (with two), and Sarah Kaplan and Jeongwon Ryu (each with three).
In the final round, against Notre Dane Cathedral Latin, Indian Hill won and now is the state champion!
Sydney Miles won the award for Outstanding Witness and Mrinal Singh won the award for Outstanding attorney.
In total Indian Hill’s season record is now 34-4 and Indian Hill has won 15 of 18 possible individual awards.
For nationals, Indian Hill will be competing against the top 49 teams in the country (the top team per state)! Nationals will be held at Yale University in Hartford, Connecticut from May 10 to May 13. Indian Hill’s mock trial season hasn’t ended but it has just begun.
But all of Indian Hill’s victories aren’t just an accident. The Indian Hill Mock Trial team’s practices are strenuous and long. Practice is held 3 times per week, 3 hours per practice, and the mock trial season lasts the entire school year. But the practice time is just a fraction of the time Indian Hill mock trialers put into the program. Most – 75%, in fact – of the work is done outside of practice, and staying after practice is not uncommon. Being part of Indian Hill Mock Trial is truly a lifestyle.
Please congratulate the IH mock trial team for their hard world and dedication, as well as Mr. Stephen Reger, coach. The time and effort Mr. Reger puts into this program is one of the biggest reasons for its success. Without his dedication, IH mock trial team just simply wouldn’t be where it is at.