SOUTH HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley has been named the state champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2011 mock trial program.
The high school now moves on to the national high school mock trial championship scheduled for May 4-8 in Phoenix.
Pioneer Valley and Boston Latin School competed during a three-hour mock trial in Boston’s Faneuil Hall.
The mock trial program places high school teams from 16 regions across Massachusetts in simulated courtroom situations where they assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in hypothetical cases. More than 120 teams competed this year.
Now in its 26th year, the program is administered by the Massachusetts Bar Association.