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Seattle Academy Mock Trial Advances to State

Seattle Academy 2020 Mock Trail Team Advances to State

Seattle Academy Gray Mock Trial Team with the Third Place Trophy.

This year, Seattle Academy Upper School Mock Trial Gray Team earned third place out of the eight teams competing in the recent YMCA of Greater Seattle's Kitsap County Mock Trial Tournament. In doing so, they have advanced to the state tournament level this March. Competing in a league against forty-eight other area schools the competition was tough, and the team is proud knowing that each person gave their all and made a strong showing this past weekend. Mock Trial Faculty Advisor, Magda Buikema  added, "We would like to give special acknowledgment to Jason Lantz, Kevin Thrombold, and most of all, Geoff Burg (Annabelle Burg '22). These three attorney coaches shared their time and their wisdom with our kids over the past five months, and our students could not have succeeded without them." 

For the 2019-2020 school year, Seattle Academy has two mock trial teams: Red and Gray.

Photo of the Seattle Academy 2020 Mock Trial Team

Photo of the 2020 Seattle Academy
Upper School Mock Trial Team


Annabelle Burg '22, Andre Gibson '22, Natalie Graham '21, Tatum McLaughlin '22, Chloe Rubin '20, Nicolette Scrivner '22, Justin Selby '22,  Sonja Washburn '21, and Bobby Watt '23.


Eli Bayuk '21, Parker Campbell '22, Sam Frockt '21, Elise Gundlach '23, Max Harper '22, Connor Johnson '22, Maggie Johnson '23, Mason McIlwain '21, and Henry Thompson '22.

Results of the Kitsap County Mock Trial Tournament 

The following students received outstanding recognition by the raters in each of their trials:

Best Attorney Per Trial

  • Eli Bayuk '21
  • Connor Johnson '22
  • Mason McIlwain '21
  • Tatum McLaughlin '22
  • Sonja Washburn '21

Best Witness Per Trial

  • Maggie Johnson '23
  • Nicolette Scrivner '22
  • Justin Selby '22
  • Bobby Watt '23

Best Attorney Overall Tournament

  • Tatum McLaughlin '22

Third Place: Advancing to State Tournament

  • Seattle Academy Gray Team

Photo of Seattle Academy 2020 Mock Trial Outstanding Students

Photo of Seattle Academy 2020 Mock Trial
Outstanding Recognition Students