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Mock trial


A1 / Mark Pummell
  Celina High School senior Jess Townsend makes her opening statement Friday afternoon during a practice mock trial held in the Mercer County Common Pleas courtroom. Joining Townsend at the attorney tables are fellow plaintiff attorney Heather Petrie, foreground, and defense attorneys Eric Burtch and Beth Schmackers, background, all Celina students. Mock trial is a statewide competition, typically attracting hundreds of student teams from across the state. The teams get a fictitious case to argue before a judge. Celina will compete in district competition on Feb. 10 in Dayton.