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Team advances to state competition

The Unicoi County High School Mock Trial team has experienced quite a journey over the last several weeks. The journey will continue March 14-15 as the team will do battle in Nashville as part of the state competition.
The team finished second back on Feb. 15 in the district competition to earn themselves a trip to the state contest. The trial was held at the Washington County Detention Center and it was centered around a copyright infringement case in which the defendant was accused of copying the lyrics to a song.
Sarah Shults, one of the two attorney coaches for the team, the other being Lois Shults-Davis, says that her team has worked extremely hard over the last several months.
“This is a special group of kids,” said Shults. “They are always willing to work very hard and they have such an incredible amount of talent.”
Even though 2014 marks the end of a multi-year drought for the team as far as moving on to the state level, the team’s performance has always been superb.
“This is the third time in five years that we have finished second,” said Shults. “The difference this year is that our district was able to send two teams.”
In past years, the district had only been able to send one team, the first place finisher, to the state finals. This was because of a lack of participants. This year, the competition had more competitors meaning more teams could move on to the state round.

For the remainder of this article please see the February 26, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.