The Valdosta Daily Times
Members of the Lowndes High School Mock Trial team gathered at the Lowndes Judicial Building on Wednesday afternoon to conduct their final case run through, the team’s last chance to practice before competing for their first ever District Title.
As the court session began, Judge Jim Tunnison acted as the presiding judge. Students acted as attorneys and witnesses as they ran through the cases.
Elena Best, Kim Norton, Megan Slater, Kylie Mathis, Amber Ryan, Amari Evans, Emily Davis, Danielle DaCunto, Braeden Floyd, Ashley Poulos and Hannah Poole were on the prosecution team.
Cason Green, Savannah Pierce, Kristin Fowler, Kaylon Day, Anna Butcher, Tamiyah Wright, Shelby Davis, Kiana Wagner, Nicki Jordon, Natsumi Starling and Hunter Calkins were on the defense team.
Both teams issued opening statements, direct and cross examined witnesses and issued their closing statements as if in a real trial.
The skills that the students learn in Mock Trial helps students with much more than court knowledge.
“Mock Trial has taught me about public speaking and how to be confident while speaking in public. It really has helped my confidence a lot,” said Elena Best, a senior.
Kaylon Day, a senior who acted as the defendant during the case, also felt that she gained a lot from Mock Trial.
“Sitting in class doesn’t grow you as much as actually doing something. This gives us a chance to challenge ourselves,” said Day.
The LHS Mock Trial team are five-time Region Champions after winning their fifth consecutive title at the Region Championships in Albany on Jan. 25.
"I believe in our team. They have more heart and determination than any team I have ever had. We won’t be out worked, I know that. These young men and women have poured their heart and souls into this season. They may not all become lawyers, but they all have become leaders," said Team Coach, Michael White.
The Mock Trial team will compete for the District Title Saturday, Feb. 22, in Savannah. If they win the district title, they will go on to compete in the Elite 8 for the state title in March.