LEWISTON — The Lewiston High School Mock Trial Team has been selected as a semifinalist in this year’s statewide competition.

Lewiston faced off against Bonny Eagle High School in Portland on Nov. 14 and against Catherine McAuley High School in Portland on Nov. 21. Fifteen Maine high school teams participated in this year’s competition. Students take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses and conduct a mock criminal trial, which is judged and evaluated by actual judges and lawyers.

As a result of the first two rounds of competition in Portland, Lewiston is one of four teams remaining in the field and will take on Berwick Academy in a semifinal match in Portland on Saturday, Dec. 5. Cape Elizabeth High School and Freeport High School will square off in the other semifinal match. The winners of each will advance to the finals in Portland on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The finals will be judged by a member of Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court.

The Lewiston team is coached and taught by Michelle Crowley of the high school faculty and is advised by four attorneys from Skelton Taintor & Abbott: Darcie Beaudin, Ron Lebel, Amy Dieterich and Jon Plourde. Lewiston Attorney Paul Dionne also serves as an adviser.

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