A Young Panda Team Places 8th at Mock Trial State Tournament!

The future is bright for Notre Dame Academy’s Mock Trial Team! NDA’s Mock Trial B Team, comprised of 6 freshman and 3 juniors, placed 8th at the Mock Trial State Tournament, out of 16 teams from across the state of Kentucky.

The top 8 teams from both the Louisville Regional Tournament and the Lexington Regional Tournament, competed at the Kentucky High School Mock Trial State Tournament, February 28 – March 1, in Covington, Kentucky.

Special congratulations to junior Kirsten Spillman on being named the 7th Best Witness in the state!

The team was coached by three former Notre Dame Academy Pandas. The 2019-2020 Pandas were led by Katelyn Connor Mollett ‘ 08, Amy Hebbeler ’09, and Emily Cooney Couch ’10. All three alumnae are current practicing attorneys in our community. 

However, all three coaches are unfortunately resigning after 5 successful years. That success includes 2 Regional Championships and a 2019 State Championship that led to a 23rd place finish at the 2019 National Tournament. Their knowledge and leadership will be sorely missed and with that, we thank them for their time, energy, focus and determination to lead the NDA Mock Trial Team to one of the best in the state in just 5 short years. 

Notre Dame is currently seeking a new head Mock Trial coach and assistant coaches to lead the NDA Mock Trial-ers in the 2020 – 2021 season. If you’re interested, please contact Hillary Johnson at johnsonh@ndapandas.org.

Team Members Include: Juniors: Kirsten Spillman, Emma Meyer and Dani Shoemake. Freshman: Ava Middendorf, Jaiden Ford, Mia Bishop, Kira Kent, Elissa Romer, Caroline Boehmer and Isabelle Minning.