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Mock Trial Team Goes to State

Ashley Wilkinson, Editor

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A select group of HHS students will be advancing to State Mock Trial on March 1-3 in Dallas, Texas after the State pulled a wild card that allowed them to compete.

“I actually had to sit down and take it all in,” Mock Trial coach Cindi Rains said. “I knew we would perform so well at State if just given the chance.”

The HHS Mock Trial team placed second at regionals.

“I was kind of upset when we placed second at regionals,” Mock Trial participant Annabelle Tipps said. “I felt that our performance during the final round was the strongest we had ever been as a team, and I thought we deserved to win.”

Mock Trial is a fake courtroom trial, complete with witnesses and a sketch artist.  

“Mock Trial has made me a better speaker and introduced me to a side of the law I wasn’t familiar with,” Mock Trial participant Ashleigh Sugg said. “But most importantly, it has given me some of my best friends. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

This year’s case is over a child’s wrongful death.

“It [the case] is a difficult one because there is a loss of a young life,” Mock Trial sketch artist Jordan Maddox. “The side to blame is completely based upon each person’s understanding.”

Mock Trial participant Caroline Rains says the trip to the State competition will be memorable.

“It [Mock Trial] is also about the friendships and memories made,” Rains said. “I think with our A game on, we are going to be unstoppable!”

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