BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The mock-trial team from the Park School in Baltimore County, beat out the best and the brightest to become the new state champs.

They had a lot of competition and admit winning was not easy, but they pulled through.

Inside court of appeals in Annapolis, the attorney and witnesses gave their testimonies, as a judge listens from the bench.

It looks like any other courtroom, but the people giving arguments on the case are students who are vying to win the Maryland Mock Trial Championship.

The final verdict: Park School students are the winners.

“Everybody stopped class and watched us. It was really a great atmosphere,” says Bennett Demsky, Park School Mock Trial team member.

The students competed against 145 others schools from across the state, edging out the Baltimore
City College Team in the annual event.

“We never underestimate any team that we play,” says team co-captain Paige McDonald.

The students take special care prepping for every single case. Their goal: to make it as realistic as possible.

The students spent months preparing.

“It’s every week day except for Fridays,” says Park School student and team member Bridget Curley.

Their coaches are just as passionate.

“It’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life, watching the kids tackle the case,” says coach Tony Asdourian.

The team credits their success to: “We love doing it and we really enjoy working with each other,” says team co-captain, Mollie Eisner.

It’s no surprise, most of the students told us they want to be attorneys when they grow up.

Both private and public schools get to participate in the competition each year.

To learn more about Maryland Mock Trial and to watch the Park School’s winning litigation from the state championship on April 28, CLICK HERE.

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