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Tri-Cities students put their education into action

Tri-Cities students put their education into action
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- High school kids across the Tri-Cities got the chance to put their education into action.

It was a packed courtroom at the Benton County Justice Center. Both sides of the bench ready for Jan Jasper v. State of Washington.

But what looks and sounds like a real trial isn't. YMCA mock trial high school debate teams from around the Tri-Cities do battle in a real-life court setting.

"Defense strategy is just to prove that there is an alternate to what the prosecution's trying to prove today. We're just going bring out our four witnesses and do the best job we can," said Lucas Garcia.

The defense team did just that.

The only difference between the mock and a real trial is the final outcome.

Will anyone be going to jail today? "I don't think so and hopefully not," laughed Sarah Clinton.

Across town, at the WSU Tri-Cities campus, another battle of wits. The Regional Science Bowl competition challenged students.

"We've been coming here for 6 years. We recognize and respect our competition coming from teams like Hanford and Richland. All these sons and daughters of scientists give us a run for our money every year," said Rob Stagg of Quincy High School.

To fight back against Hanford, they brought one special student.

"I'm way better with earth science and energy. Those are the two topics I'm really interested in," said David Morga.

All sponsored by the Department of Energy, with the hopes of bringing in the next generation of scientists.

"The Department of Energy's mission is to ensure our nation's prosperity and security through science and solutions," said Larry Moore.

From future lawyers to scientists and engineers, the Tri-Cities are generating a highly skilled future workforce.

Hanford High School won the Science Bowl for the third time in a row and will be headed to D.C. at the end of April.
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