'National champions baby!'

Jonesboro High School joined an elite group of mock trial teams on Saturday by winning the national competition in Wilmington, Del. "We're back-to-back national champions, baby!" said attorney coach Tasha Mosely, by phone, moments after the win was announced on Saturday night.

 "Everybody is running around, and jumping up and down, right now." In the final round - just as it did last year -- Jonesboro faced Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High School, one of the more storied programs in the 25-year history of the national competition. Kalamazoo has made 16 trips to the nationals, and won a title in 1996.

 Jonesboro is only the second school to win two mock trial national titles. The (Chattanooga) Tennessee Family Christian Academy Homeschoolers won championships in 2002 and 2003. Jonesboro's win on Saturday also made Georgia the most successful state in the history of the national competition, with four championships. Jonesboro's team members are now aiming to make more mock trial history in May 2009 -- in Atlanta -- by becoming the first school to win three national championships.


- Curt Yeomans