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Georgetown Teen Court Takes First in State

A team of three student attorneys from Georgetown won the teen court state competition held in Bedford last month. Linsey Jensen, Taylor Price, and Matthew McCarthy took first place in the final round on April 13 in which they competed against a team from Allen. Georgetown Teen Court state competition participants were honored at the Georgetown City Council meeting this week.

(All Georgetown Teen Court competitor team members) Bailiff Fred Pitcher, Judge Randy Stump, Matthew McCarthy, Linsey Jensen, Taylor Price, Camryn Whitman, Bella Bartholomew, Daniel Nehrbass, Teen Court Coordinator Tina Heine, and Ashley Huey, Georgetown High School teacher/coordinator.

The annual state competition in which three-person teams of teen attorneys are scored for their lawyering skills in mock trials is sponsored by the Teen Court Association of Texas. Municipal Court and Teen Court Judge Randy Stump and attorney Caden Wenzel served as competition coaches for the Georgetown Teen Court attorneys. 

A Georgetown Teen Court team won the state competition previously in 2016. This is the eighth year that Georgetown has sent a team to participate in the teen court state competition.

Georgetown Teen Court is a program of the City of Georgetown Municipal Court. High school students age 13 to 18 serve as attorneys, jury members, and defendants in the program, which is a real court for traffic tickets and other misdemeanor offenses. The program started more than 25 years ago.

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