For the fifth time in six years the St. Peter High School Mock Trial program will be represented at state as the Saints Blue team defeated Maple River Blue 186-183 in the Region 6 final Thursday afternoon at the Mankato Post Office.

The Saints now move on to the Minnesota State Mock Trial Tournament on March 5-6 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota High School Mock Trial program is a law-related education program that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Mock trial is offered at 74 high schools in the state. Many of those schools field more than one team.

During a mock trial competition the students exercise their critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as the basic skills learned in the classroom.

Members of the Blue team heading to state include Rahma Abdi, McKenna Aune, Allie Baskfield, Hannah Baskfield, Melissa Chalupnik, Rebecca Favre, Allie Warren and Noah Wilson.

The other St. Peter team that competed this year includes Hailey Blaschko, Thais Caceres-Fugon, Anja Dulin, Bailey Fitzgerald, Kylie Grack, Lillie Hagen, Kaleb Long, Peter Stelter and Amber Wang.

Advisers for the St. Peter High School Mock Trial program include social studies teacher John Warren, Nicollet County District Judge Alison Krehbiel and Jeff Grace, an attorney with Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP.

“I can’t thank Judge Krehbiel and Jeff Grace enough for all the work they’ve done with the program this year,” Warren said. “Our students really gain a lot from the experience those two provide during practice and during competitions.”

Reach Associate Editor Dana Melius at 507-931-8568 or follow him on Twitter @SPHdanajohn.

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