Owasso High Wins State Mock Trial Crown 

It was the second year in a row Owasso High School was guaranteed the win as Team Quadstone competed against Team Heisenberg in the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Championship in Tulsa. Team Quadstone emerged as the winner. Last year was the first time in program history that two teams from the same school faced off in the final round.
The program involves teams of students portraying attorneys and defendants in a courtroom setting with judges and attorneys evaluating their performance. This year’s mock trial case focused on a civil case in which a student is accused of intentionally inflicting emotional distress from bullying and harassment that lead to the death of another student.
“Students on both teams did an excellent job in what was a close competition,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President Charles Chesnut of Miami. “Team Quadstone will be an impressive representative for Oklahoma at the national competition in May in Athens, Georgia.”
Team Quadstone is coached by teacher Kathy Rutherford, Judge Daman Cantrell and attorney Ken Underwood. Team members are Jesse Anderson, Hayley Campbell, Melody Carney, Kelli Casteel, Emma Donohue, Avery Hendel, Ciara Locker, Maggie Murphy and Cole Wyrick.
Team Heisenberg is coached by teacher Kathy Rutherford and attorney Deirdre O. Dexter. Team members are Emily Carr, Preston Dunbar, Maggie Hazelrigg, Sam Lee, Ronan Locker, Morgan Meyers, Kennedy Patterson, Logan Schofield and Katy Turner.
Earning awards as best attorneys were Maggie Murphy and Katy Turner with Ciara Locker and Emily Carr winning best witness honors.
Other top finishers are third place Bishop Kelley Team Red; fourth, Jenks Leopold; fifth, McAlester Team Black; sixth, Moore Team 2; seventh, Jenks Loeb; and eighth, Clinton Gold. A total of 42 teams participated in the program with five teams from Owasso High School.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Nearly 400 judges and attorneys volunteered their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competitions.
The Oklahoma Bar Foundation, through its grants and awards program, allocates funds to nonprofit agencies and programs like mock trial. The mission of the foundation is to ensure justice is possible for all Oklahomans through the promotion of law, education and access to justice. The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.