18 kids in DISD helped make today, in Dallas, a perfect world. From almost 170 original contesting teams (ranging from Decatur to El Paso to Houston), only four, or about 2% would make it to the semi-finals, and two of those four were Hillcrest High School and Skyline High School, both of DISD.
During regionals, a few weeks back, Hillcrest and Skyline had dueled twice, each claiming a victory. It was an epic showdown, not North vs. South, but boys vs. girls on the last match - the Skyline attorney and witness seats were filled by beautiful females. Our boys didn't look too shabby either, but their handsome good looks couldn't sway the ladies from their goal of winning.
DISD is a region unto itself for mock trial competition, and because they have so many schools participating they are allowed two entries into the state tournament. At states, held in Dallas over two days, 24 of the original regional combatants make it to this level. Other local teams represented were Decatur HS (last years state champs), Ursuline (Dallas), Richardson HS, Creekview HS (Carrollton), Midway HS (Waco), and Paris HS.
Well, Hillcrest faced Americas HS (El Paso) during the semi-final round, and Skyline faced Highlands HS (Highlands), while it was a close fight Hillcrest did not make it to the finals. Impressively, Americas came this far with a first year attorney/coach.
As to Skyline, well I'll have to post an update - I'm headed off to feed the Boy a steak after a tough loss. His dad knows how to make it just right. But this post wasn't about the ultimate winner, it was just a Dallas story about kids in DISD that excelled - and something you probably wouldn't hear about otherwise.
After two days (15 hours) of sitting on hard court benches, would someone please serve me a cushion?
UPDATE: Skyline advances to Finals, which are held tonight. More to follow, but I have chills. Go Skyline, You Rock!
UPDATED UPDATE: Still no news on the winner, and I've checked multiple sources, aargh! But photos of the participants can be seen here (Thanks Bruce!)
SKYLINE WINS! Go get them in Atlanta at Nationals!