It’s a proud week for Owasso High School.

The Owasso Rams Mock Trial team was named a semifinalist at the Providence Cup in Denver over the weekend, marking a 3-1 record.

The national Providence Cup is a two-day mock trial tournament that pits 24 high school teams against each other in a friendly competition for prestigious awards.

This year, nine Owasso students and two coaches participated in the event, held Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22, and were accompanied by several parents.

Owasso’s Sandra Day O’Connor team included Cami Cevallos, Kennedy Patterson, Katy Turner, Presley Stephens, Ronan Locker, Jenna Randall, Morgan Meyer, Maggie Hazelrigg and Emily Carr.

Kathryn Rutherford, team sponsor, said the students’ time at the tournament was spent applying the principles they learned in the classroom, which ultimately led to a hard-earned recognition.

“This means a great deal to the Sandra Day O’Connor and to the Owasso Mock Trial team as a whole,” she said. “The team that competed only has one year of experience and (has) worked very hard for this tournament.”

In addition to placing as a semifinalist, the team also won the Spirit Sportsmanship Award voted by the other teams, and Cevallos won a Best Witness Award.

In the past, Owasso teams have won a spirit award, placed fifth and eighth, and have won multiple best attorney and witness awards.

“The competition helped us bond as a team and helped us learn so much about the law and how to improve,” Cevallos said.

Randall added, “The Providence Cup was an amazing way to jump start our season and get us excited for the upcoming state competition.”

Carr also said, “It was the biggest competition my team has been to so far. It was such an eye-opening experience. I can’t wait to go back.”

Through its success, the team has earned an invitation to the Empire Tournament in New York City in November, where it will compete with teams all over the world.

Art is a seasoned reporter of over 15 years with an extended background in writing and editing for a variety of publications and organizations.