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.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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