RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team won the State Championship in March.
Now they're off to Nationals in Indianapolis and right now they're getting in as much practice as they can.
"I'm really nervous. Representing the state is a big responsibility." said Rhinelander High School student, Elisha Sheffer.
This is the 16th year Rhinelander High School has gone to Nationals, but it's the first time for these students.
"We are representing the state of Wisconsin. So yes we're representing our school, Rhinelander high school, but more than that we're representing the state," said Rhineland High School student, Melissa Sheth.
"So it's both something that we're really proud to do and nervous because of that pressure."
This extracurricular activity might not be physical, but Judge Michael Bloom says they put in just as much work as an athlete.
"It's just as hard, it's just as difficult and it takes just as much work and effort to be successful at mock trial as it does any other extracurricular activity," Judge Michael Bloom said.
"It involves a different type of skill, but it's just as challenging for the students and the students that are successful deserves just as much credit."
Going to Nationals is the experience of a lifetime.
Attorney Coach Jim Jacobi says part of why it's so great is the chance to get to know people from different states.
"You may never have a chance again like this to meet as many of your country men with which you have a common bond and a common activity," said Jacobi.
"So whatever time you're not spending working on mock trial, take the time to meet with these kids and talk to them."
The team will be leaving this Wednesday to make a go for the gold.
MINOQUA - Students often create projects for class, but it isn't every day that students create projects for regional competitions. Many Northwoods students gathered in Minocqua to compete in a history day competition.
"This year's theme is called taking a stand in history," said Lakeland Union High School's Department Chair of Social Studies Mike Mestelle.
WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.
A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. He moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
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