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Mock Trial Steps it up at Tournament

Aaron King, Reporter

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Mock Trial is generally like court for students. It gives students a feel for what court is like, and how to be involved in court.

“In Mock Trial you are assigned a case and then you are assigned witnesses and attorneys, and you do a trial like how you see on TV. You have something like a tournament and it is all weekend, and then you do the trial. There is only one which is regionals, then you have state,” Emily Starritt, junior, said.

Mock Trial gives students a good start to getting involved in law. It teaches students how things work, and helps take them out of their comfort zone to work a case as young as they are. Usually when you see court cases on TV, everyone is generally young. So Mock Trial gives you a jumpstart to things, and helps you for your future.

Mock Trial at Grand Junction recently had a tournament, and they feel like they did well, but the competition is very close and it is hard to win.

“It went really good, we really came together as a team and we did really good against the other teams. We don’t know our placing, but we are pretty sure we were in the top 5. My favorite thing about Mock Trial is probably in it, I have Emily and Alexia and they really taught me a lot this year,” Lauren Lewis, sophomore, said.

“Our tournament went really well, I think we went two for two, which means we won two of our cases and lost two. We also went up against two of the best teams in our division, so it was good. I think we placed fourth,” Alexia Thompson, junior, said.

Grand Junction’s Mock Trial team did do well. Although they don’t think they got first they did do a good job, better than other times they said. Thompson also won an award.

“I won outstanding attorney, that’s like the all-regional attorney role, which is a pretty big deal, it’s pretty hard to get. I don’t really know how the scoring works, but you have to score ten’s, which is the highest score you can get,” Thompson, said.

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Mock Trial Steps it up at Tournament