Moore High School students hoping to raise money to go to national competition

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MOORE, Okla. - A handful of students in Moore are in court, but no one will go to jail or face a court judgement.

"You have to portray that witness to the best of your ability. You have to know your statement really well, and you kind of have to let go of yourself and be that person," said Alexandria Elsea, a senior at Moore High School.

For the second year in a row, the Mock Trial Team at Moore High won first place in the state.

"We really progressed as a team from where we didn't know if we were going to make it out of qualifying to winning state championship," said Dylan Hestand, president of the Mock Trial Team.

They're judged on presentation, courtroom knowledge and how they play the roles of witness, defendant, prosecutor and judge.

"When we've had our mind set on something, we're going to work harder than anyone to reach that goal," Hestand said.

Their next goal is making it to nationals in Boise, Idaho this May, despite school budget cuts.

In the end, they need $8,000.

"It's not just the City of Moore or Moore High School, but we're also representing the state. I mean, this is a huge honor," said Senior President Hether Little.

If they get the money they need, they'll be competing with more than 40 states and five other countries around the world.

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