Past State Champions

2023 State Champion

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Nova Classical Academy will represent Minnesota at the National High School Mock Trial Championship (NHSMTC) in May. This is their sixth State Championship. The team is coached by Jennifer Mullin, Logan Juran, Jeff Magnuson, Israel Wilson, and Damon Fraser, Esq.

Pictures | 2023 State Awards Banquet

2022 State Champion

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Watertown-Mayer High School represented Minnesota at the National High School Mock Trial Championships (NHSMTC), which was held virtually on May 4-7th.  Out of 46 teams from all over the world, we are proud to announce a 9th place win for Minnesota, along with Madelyn Tax receiving one of  the 10 Best Witness Awards. This is their first State Championship. The team is coached by Lori Sieling, Sarah Soley, and Patrick Neaton, Esq., and is comprised of 10 seniors. 
Watertown Mayer Nationals 2022 - 9th Place
Numerous volunteer members participated with preparing the team for the 2022 NHSMTC.  Minnesota also had a strong presence of judges at Nationals. Thank you to Patrick Neaton, the Honorable James Dehn, David Lillehaug, Wynne Reece, Nicholas Hydukovich, Randy Sparling, Uyen Campbell, Tamra Falk, Hugh Nierengarten, Lauren Johnson, Christopher Johnston, William McGinnis, Elizabeth Roff, Paul Savereide, J Noble Simpson, and Aaron Welch for your time and commitment.

2021 State Champion

Eagle Ridge Academy took 16th place out of all of the teams competing in the National High School Mock Trial Championship over the weekend! Though our ERA Mockers didn't win, they certainly made a name for themselves amongst the organizers and competitors at the competition, winning the “Larry Bakko Professionalism and Civility Award".  Our ERA Mockers also won a "Outstanding Attorney Award" for Henry L. and a "Outstanding Witness Award" for Muthu M. 

Eagle Ridge Academy's pillars include citizenship, integrity, perseverance, honor, excellence, and respect. Our ERA Mockers winning this award is a huge honor, as it shows that they are exemplifying CIPHER in their daily lives and inspiring others in the process.
We are immensely proud of our ERA Mockers and all of their accomplishments this year. They worked hard, improved greatly, stayed professional, remained optimistic, and were the perfect choice to represent both Eagle Ridge Academy and the state of Minnesota. Congratulations, Mockers! #GoGryphons
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2020 State Champion

2020 State Champs Nova Classical with ACTLM

Nova Classical Academy

2019 State Champion

2019 State Champions Apple Valley HS

Apple Valley High School

2019 Outstanding Professional Performance Award
Josh Vogt, Nova Classical Academy

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2019 Volunteer of the Year Award
Kim Illg, Teacher Coach, Rochester Lourdes High School

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2018 State Champion

Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul

2018 Nova State Winner

2017 State Champion

Lakeville South High School

Lakeville South 2017

2016 State Champion

Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul

Placed 3rd at the National High School Mock Trial Competitions in Boise, Idaho!
Nova Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school in St. Paul and this year’s state mock trial champion, took third place at the 2016 high school National Mock Trial Tournament on May 14. Seniors Caroline Behling-Hess, Mary Clare Burke, Sophia Cherif, Ignasi Dorca, Hannah Hoefs, Liam Magistad, Anya Magnuson, and Luke Westawker ran an undefeated 2016 season, winning a total of 15 trials, four of them at the national tournament in Boise, Idaho.The team bested its fourth-place finish last year, this time missing the final championship round on a tie-breaker with the two finalist teams. For Behling-Hess, Dorca and Magistad, it was their second year in a row of competition at the National Tournament. The team was coached by three attorney coaches, Scott Jurchisin, Joshua Peterson, and Collin Tierney, as well as Nova alumna Liza Michaeli and faculty adviser Don Burrows.  This year marked the third time in four years that the school has won the state mock trial championship, and its third-place showing at nationals is the highest performance to date.

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Minnesota teams have placed in the top 12 for 8 years in a row, including a champion, a runner-up, and two third place finishers. No other state has done as well.  

2015 State Champion

Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul

Nova Classical Academy placed 4th in the nation at the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships in Raleigh, NC, after preliminary competitions against South Korea, Hawaii, Ohio, and Massachusetts.  For the second time in three years, Nova’s team earned the highest speaker point total of any at the championship.

Captained by senior Margaret Flynn Sapia and junior Liam Magistad,  the team includes Caroline Behling-Hess, Ignasi Dorca, Ben Garcia, Chloe Kirk, Nicolas LaFrombois, and Olivia Shaffer.

Special congratulations to junior Liam Magistad who was named an Outstanding Witness, a designation awarded to only ten students in the country.

2014 State Champion

Breck School, Minneapolis

The Breck Mock Trial team is a serendipitous mixture of newcomers and experienced players this year. Newcomers include senior Peter Metzger, a crossover witness who played Gale Storm and Tracy Peterson, Jenn Fabian, who was the closing attorney for the Plaintiff, Brennan Clark, who played, Giffy O'Brien, and timekeeper/bailiff Maryam Ali.  Returning team members include team captains Jack Sheehy, Nicole Miller and Eve Zelickson (who won the best attorney award), Lorelei Lange, Carter Roland and Simon Parish, who won best witness for his portrayal of Stacy Clark.  The team is coached by Peter Saunders, Ross M. Hussey, Esq., and Jeffrey  S. Paulsen, Esq. This is Breck School's 4th State Title.

Breck State Champion 2014

Golden Gavel Award

The Honorable James Dehn received the 2014 NHSMTC Justice Gene Franchini Golden Gavel Award on May 10, 2014 in Madison, WI. This award recognizes any adult individual who has demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to the goals and ideals of the national high school mock trial program.  

Judge Dehn has been involved with the Minnesota Program for over 20 years serving as an attorney coach, a Mock Trial Judge, and on the Mock Trial Advisory Committee.  Congratulations!

Jim Jacobi, WI (right) presenting the Golden Gavel Award to Honorable James Dehn (left).

2013 State Champion

Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul

Nova Classical Academy team is presented with a $2000.00 check from Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM). Press Release - Nova Classical Academy

"Making Their Case" - Article for Lakeview High School (Marshall Independent)

2012 State Champion

Breck School, Minneapolis

The Breck Mock Trial Team captured third place at the 2012 National High School Mock Trial championships. Forty-six teams from 42 different states (2 teams from New Mexico), plus Guam, South Korea, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, competed in the two-day tournament. Breck beat teams from Alaska, Kentucky, California, and Idaho. Despite just missing the finals by one ballot, Breck was the only team at the tournament to have an undefeated season! One member of their team was named an All-American Outstanding Witness; a distinction awarded to only the top 5% of witnesses in the tournament.

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