Thursday, February 24, 2011
Marshall Academy Mock Trial Teams competing at state level this weekend
The Marshall Academy Mock Trial Teams have advanced to the state competition rounds which will take place February 25-26 in Jackson.
This a great accomplishment for both teams, as only 20 teams from around the state of Mississippi are invited to attend after regional competitions.
They have worked incredibly hard, practicing two and three times a week since September and they are really ready to compete for a coveted “big gavel” at state.
To get them there, the teams have less than a week to raise enough money to pay for their accommodations and trip.
Any sponsorship that local citizens and businesses could offer would benefit them greatly and show how much support they have from home as they prepare for competition. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Miller Taylor at Marshall Academy, 662-252-3449.
“Thank you for your continued support of Marshall Academy and the Mock Trial teams,” she said.
The High School Mock Trial program is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association. 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 will also play witnesses.
Mock Trial teaches students the ins and outs of the legal system and they 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.
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