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3.27.2008

Random Criticism

From an email: I'm surprised and disappointed that you haven't had an entry regarding the Decatur Mock Trial team winning the Texas State Championship (the first 3A school to win state I believe). They will soon be competing for the National Title. Love or hate DHS, it is a pretty impressive accomplishment for a podunk 3A school in Wise County. Huh? Just so these kids can come back in a few years and cripple my practice by taking away all my clients? No way. I'll never mention it.

13 comments:

Ryan said...

Does 3A qualify for "podunk" status?

gern blansten said...

I say tell 'em to start their own blog if they don't like what you write about, barry.

Anonymous said...

For the record, the state Mock Trial competition is not sponsored by the UIL, but by the State Bar and various local bar associations (most especially the Dallas County Bar Association, which holds the actual State Championship meet). Schools of all sizes, including private and religious schools, compete in different regions of the state in a "playoff" format, to see who will be sent to the Championship meet.

The actual State Championship meet in Dallas usually consists of between 15 and 30 teams, depending on how well the event has been supported Statewide. The vast majority of those teams are from metropolitan 5A, 4A, private and parochial schools. In Dallas they compete during the morning and early afternoon for scores which narrow the field down to a "final four", who return for evening competition. Except for Decatur, all of the "final four" schools in the 20-plus year history of this competition have been large, private, or parochial schools. Houston area "prep" schools are common championship competitors.

In 2002 Decatur became the first ever 3A school to reach the "final four", finishing 4th. No other school this small has yet ever reached the "final four". Decatur this year made that achievement for the 2nd time, finishing 1st and earning a trip to the National Championship meet, defeating a Class 5A Richardson school for that accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

Easy 8:47. Get a sense of humor!

Anonymous said...

Actually, I don't think 8:47 was "riled up", just informative. That was interesting facts about the competition, etc. Congrats to the Decatur Mock Trial Team, Wise County is proud of you!!

Bulldog said...

Do they have a "mock bill padding" competition?

I'm just sayin.

Anonymous said...

8:47 here. And no, I wasn't "riled up" in the least. Just trying to get the facts out, as the previous poster noted.

Though I will confess I would like all those commenters who constantly complain about Wise Countians as a bunch of hillbilly, backwoods, inbred, gap-toothed morons to perhaps ram this bit of information into their cuds and chew it.

But hey, that's just me. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks 8:47 for posting of the accomplishments of a very special group of young men & women. A small correction - DHS beat Richardson in the semi-finals, & then beat Dallas Woodrow Wilson in the final round.

And thanks Barry for "not mentioning" anything about the accomplishment. We appreciate it. We tried to get you to come judge a scrimmage & you could have assessed your future competition.

I have the honor of coaching those kids. I am not talented enough of a writer to describe how impressive each one of them are and they are impressive on any stage. I mean, they defeated teams from law-magnet schools.

These kids are inspiring, as are many others at DHS, but hey, you did bring up the mock trial team. Oh wait, you didn't.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am a huge fan of the DHS Mock Trial team, as well as their coach. They are all awe-inspiring and a wonderful part of DHS. Way to go and good luck at nationals.

Anonymous said...

Imagine the potential discourse about the impoverished father making only 200K. Oh I guess imagine is all we can do under the thumb of the censor-nazi.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful honor for DHS. Hey, I'm just inspired that this is something more than sports. Wow!

Good luck at nationals!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they do have a great coach. She is truly a very caring and dedicated teacher for whom I have a great deal of respect as one of her colleagues. The depth and scope of her teaching makes her students very lucky to be instructed by her.

Anonymous said...

10:45, you're bitter - get over it!

Or, go start your own blog!

Ha!