Thursday, February 10, 2011
MA Mock Trial teams going to state
After advancing in the district competition on February 5 in Oxford, Marshall Academy’s Mock Trial teams are getting ready for the state competition in Jackson on February 25 and 26.
This is the first year that both teams have advanced to the state round.
The High School Mock Trial program is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association. Sarah Miller Taylor again serves the team as teacher sponsor. She is assisted by local attorneys, Tony Farese of Ashland and Phillip Knecht of Holly Springs, as coaches for the team.
Marshall Academy participates with two teams this year. Seniors on the teams include Danielle Stanley, Anne Greer and Claire Liddy as attorneys, Drew Rappa as a witness and Joey Brock and Kasey Shaw as timekeepers. Juniors include Michael Farese, Katherine Farese and Davis Kelly as attorneys and Ben Breithaupt, Brittany Stewart, Ashika Bhakta, Tyler Cook, Kirby Jones and Elgin Lafever as witnesses. Sophomore Allyson Viger and freshman Jasmine Milan also play witnesses.
“Our teams performed really well at district competition this year,” Taylor said. “They were poised and confident and all their hard work really paid off. They were among the best-prepared teams I’ve seen, and I am just so proud. Now it’s time to do a little fund-raising so we can get these kids to their competition.”
Mock Trial teaches students the ins and outs of the legal system and actually try fictitious court cases. Not only do participants learn teamwork, leadership, strategic planning and professional skills, they are able to expand their speaking, writing, reading and analytical abilities. Different teams from schools all over the state compete in this program. Competitions were scheduled in four regions of the state – Oxford, Jackson, the Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg. Winners of the regionals will compete against each other at the statewide competition in Jackson.
Marshall Academy will be two of just 20 teams across the state to compete for the top-ranked spots. The winner at state will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the Mock Trial teams should contact the school at (662)252-3452.
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