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The Sitka High Mock Trial team stands in the Alaska Supreme Court Chambers in Anchorage. (SHS Photo)
The Sitka High Mock Trial team took second-place in the statewide Mock Trial competition in Anchorage last weekend, falling to giant West Anchorage High. Coach Howard Wayne says his team — which has three foreign exchange students — won verdicts in nearly every trial. The state Mock Trial competition is hosted by the Alaska Bar Association. Judges in the preliminary rounds are attorneys; in the finals, teams argue before Supreme Court justices! The SHS 2013-2014 team members are
Fisca Walden – Witness
Danika Weaver – witness/attorney
Will Pate – Attorney
Salma Zakiyah – Witness
Alora Zellhuber – Witness/Attorney
Melea Roman – Attorney
Daliya Tazeyeva – Witness
Jude Pate – Coach
Way to rock the Mock!
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Rob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell.
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