In a year of last minute substitutions, non-traditional competition, and late nights, the Westminster Academy mock trial teams stepped up and met challenges head on, impressing judges and competition.
Team A, led by Addison Furst, advanced to the semi-final round of the regional competition, only after competing against Westminster’s own Team B during the round of eight. That trial, in particular, was rewarding for all involved. The judge for the evening commented, “Before tonight, I didn’t really understand what the case was about, but your teams have presented the case so well, I finally understand the details and the nuances of the case.” He continued with his praise of both team’s execution by saying he had “never in Mock Trial history seen the courtroom this packed and it’s obvious you are highly supported by your families and your teachers. Both teams were outstanding and I’ve never judged a more impressive trial than the one tonight. You both are deserving of a standing ovation!”
Sally Walker, who stepped into her witness role with only one day’s notice, added “competing against our own school was stressful, but gratifying, because we were civil. It was friendly competition, which made for a great trial.” The payoff did not come without hard work on the front end. Teams started preparation work just after Thanksgiving, and have been practicing their parts for months. After sickness benched several players the week of competition, three ninth graders stepped up to fill roles without hesitation, and many other players had to switch parts at the last minute. Still both teams advanced well into the competition, with Team A making it to the semi-final round.
Several students earned the accolade of Best Lawyer, including Addison Furst, Lucy Jones, and Abbay Kellum. Also, Emily Carney, Elizabeth Ann Hickman, Emily Jordan, Houston Newsome, Sarah Teague, Sally Walker, and Sophie Tusant were named Best Witness during their proceedings.
Mr. Davis, faculty sponsor of mock trial, praised the teams for their composure and dedication. “The students in Mock Trial never cease to impress me with their diligence and perseverance, as they pour in months of study and practice, along with late nights during competition week. All of these students have immersed themselves into this trial and their roles, and no matter what they faced, they responded with poise, grace, and skill.”