Article by Jennifer Moorhead


The Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial team will advance to the Regional Mock Trial Competition after winning both its matches against River Valley High School at the district competition Jan. 20. The team is coached by Ms. Jennifer Moorhead with Mr. Jay Willis serving as legal advisor. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Outstanding Attorneys awards, while Alec Arnett and Jordan Willis won Outstanding Witnesses awards.

“This group of kids came together and was determined to do well,” said Ms. Moorhead. “They have done all their own work and with this type of preparation, even though they are inexperienced, they became strong. We look forward to advancing our methods and taking it to the next level at Regionals.” 


Team members include the Plaintiffs: Noah Lovins and Emily Funston, attorneys; JP Igaz and Jordan Willis, witnesses; and the Defense: Eli Cole and Abby Riley, attorneys; and Kaitlyn Bell and Alec Arnett, witnesses. Candice Orris serves as bailiff/timekeeper. Photo by Sharee Price

The team would like [...]

to personally thank the following people for their support: Mr. Stricklett, Mr. Bazler, Mr. Rapp, Mr. Conrad, Mrs. Callihan, Mr. Travis Bradford, Ms. Ginn, Ms. Russell, and Mrs. Monteith.

Regional Competition is Feb. 10.

Alec Arnett awarded Outstanding Witness and Eli Cole awarded Outstanding Attorney for our defense team's trial. 

Jordan Willis awarded Outstanding Witness and Noah Lovins awarded Outstanding Attorney for our Plaintiff's trial. 

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