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MOORE, Okla. – Students at Moore High School are preparing to go to trial.

“Well, I play the witness role and my favorite part is when I frustrate the attorney,” Jackey Oritz said.

However, they won’t actually be in a real courtroom.

Students are preparing for a national mock trial competition in North Carolina next month. Once there, they will compete against schools from around the country.

“Mock trial teaches public speaking, critical thinking, teamwork. It teaches a lot of important tools that we can use with whatever career we choose,” said Randi Mattox.

“As we represent Oklahoma, I’m proud to put this group against anybody in the country,” Beverly Ferree, teacher of the mock trial program, said.

Ferree is confident her students can beat the competition, but they had one obstacle they had to overcome before reaching the competition.

They couldn’t afford the $10,000 it takes to get to North Carolina.

“I have several students who have to work. They have to work to help put food on the table with their families,” Ferree said.

On Friday, they got the help they needed from their future colleagues.

“On behalf of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, here’s your check,” Noble McIntyre, Oklahoma City attorney, said.

The mock trial program started in 1977.

It’s now in 37 schools in Oklahoma. 

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