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Mock Trial: scrimmage recap

West High’s Mock Trial teams attended a City High scrimmage to practice for their upcoming Regional competition.
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Photo courtesy of Traci Burns
Gold Defense and Green prosecution pose for a group photo in the Johnson County Courthouse.

West High’s Mock Trial team traveled to City High Feb. 25 to participate in a scrimmage. Mock Trial Coach Michael Mettenburg and Assistant Coach Traci Burns led the two West teams, Green and Gold, in competition against different schools within the area. While little detail was provided as of Feb. 26, the teams received general feedback for their performance and improvement points for the Regional competition Mar. 21. 

For West’s two Mock Trial teams, Jessica Li ’24 and Reem Kirja ’25 captain the Gold team, and the Green team’s captains are Titan Ross ’26 and Jasmine Tsang ’26. Waylon Houchins-Witt ’25 is the team manager, and Holden Rebich ’25 is the witness captain.

Attorneys for the Gold team include Houchins-Witt, Rawan Babiker ’25, Marie Stier ’25, Jack Moreland ’24 and Bashir Eltyeb ’25. Sidney Tranel ’25, Benjamin Kleiman ’24 and Allison Reed ’25 are witnesses.

Attorneys for the Green team are Minna Abdalla ’26, Waad Dafalla ’26, Alice Gooblar-Perovic ’27, Aahana Gupta ’27 and Aiden Zhang ’27. Witnesses include Abdalla, Dafalla, Gooblar-Perovic, Henry Gildbertson-White ’27, Franny Jordan ’26 and Sudarshan Kasturirangan ’26.

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Reem Kirja, Print Profiles Editor
(She/her) Reem Kirja is the West Side Story print Profiles Editor and this is her second year on staff. She enjoys exploring different world issues and having intellectual discussions to learn about other perspectives. She also loves spending time with her family, embarking on different arts and crafts projects, reading and experiencing life as a whole.
Marie Stier, Print Features Editor
(she/her) Marie Stier is a Junior at West High and she is excited for her second year on staff. She is the Feature Editor for WSS. In her free time, you can find her hammocking, doing puzzles on her porch and drinking kombucha (a recent discovery!)
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