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Home-school team courts national title

The state’s high school mock trial championship has been captured by a team hailing from a tiny, unconventional institution: A home-school co-op.

The team of 10 home-school students from the Murray and Holladay area beat out 38 teams, including two-time defending champion West High School, with prosecutorial prowess and strategic defense in a mock murder trial.

The win for the Patriots Club marks the first time a home-educated team has won the crown since the competition’s 1980 debut.

“This gives us a chance to show the world we (home-educated students) can do it,” said 15-year-old team member Jessica Sharp. “We’re not stupid or totally socially backward. We can go against other schools and hold our own.” Read more…

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