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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

■ Keaton Riley

Grade: Sophomore.

Age: 15.

Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) mock trial.


Adviser nomination: “Keaton is in his second year as a lawyer on the mock trial team. His work is vital to our team’s success. He expertly questions the expert witnesses. His closing argument for the defense is a skillfully crafted story that is incredibly persuasive and filled with metaphors. He is a joy to watch.”

Artist most admired: Beethoven.

Memorable fine arts achievement: “I took first place in my first debate meet in seventh grade. It’s the most memorable because I was so nervous and was surprised I won. It was in Lincoln-Douglas.”

Other fine art activities: Debate, Knowledge Bowl and Bards.

Why do you play the lawyer: “I like to play the lawyer because it’s fun. I get to be the one who is telling the story and I get the witnesses to tell their story and you’re directing it. In addition, when they object I have to think fast to answer their questions, like I do in debate and I like that.”

Best strategy: “Is just to relax because if you’re nervous it creeps up on you. You have to overcome it and focus on what’s going on.”

How do you persuade the judges: “In my closing speech I use a lot of metaphors relating to a ship, like telling the prosecutor that his case is like a sinking ship because my client is not guilty ... Or I say their rudder is broken because one of their investigations was incomplete.”

Favorite movies: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars IV: The New Hope.”

Favorite lawyer TV show: “The original ‘Law and Order.’”

Favorite book: “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.”

Favorite band: Queen.

How many songs on your iPod: “I don’t use it. I like to go on Pandora.”

Best soft drink: Vanilla Coke.

Parents: Ken and Janelle Riley of East Gull Lake.

Honorable mention: Gabrielle Peterson, junior, art: “Gabrielle has a wonderful eye for design in Artist Books. Her books reflect a strong attention to detail with creative flourish. Gabi also captures the viewer through her written words. Her fun, but yet serious side, is reflected within every page.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at