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Indian Hill High School wins OCLRE Mock Trial State Championship

IHHS State Champion Mock Trail Team

Forty points.

That was the number that separated the Indian Hill High School (IHHS) Mock Trial Team from their competitor in the final round as the Braves won the Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s (OCLRE) Mock Trial State Championship Saturday, March 9 in Columbus. This was the seventh appearance in the finals, and the sixth mock trial state championship for the Braves.

“The final match was against last year’s defending state champion team,” said Steve Reger, IHHS teacher and Mock Trial coach. “Over the course of the tournament, our Braves earned 16 of 17 total ballots and nine of 10 awards. We also faced a previous state champion in all five rounds – something that no IHHS team has had to do since our first title in 2009.”  

This State Champion victory comes within the same school year that the IHHS Mock Trial Team won a World Championship at the Empire Atlanta International Invitational Tournament for mock trial in September 2018 in Georgia. At that tournament, Indian Hill High School students became the first team to go undefeated in the tournament’s history.

IHHS Mock Trial returns to Georgia in May for a chance at Indian Hill’s first national championship.

Photo caption (L to R): IHHS Mock Trial State Champion students Sydney Poffenberger, Sumner Colohan, Cooper Pierce, Coach Steve Reger, Coach Charles Reynolds, Sarah Kaplan, Albert Kwon, and Rena Lenchitz