Mount Paran Christian School’s Mock Trial team recently took first place at the regional competition. The competition took place at the Cobb County Courthouse. The high school students will be moving on to the district competition on Feb. 23.
Mock trial is a competition between local school teams as they face off and experience what happens in a trial while trying to win a fabricated case. The competition helps students develop their quick thinking and critical thinking skills, as well as public speaking abilities. Students have to work as a team to formulate a case and adapt to changes as the case unfolds.
All teams are coached by a lawyer. The MPCS students are guided in learning about the judicial system by Aurieanne Sneed. The team is also assisted by teachers Scott Minear, Greta Zefo and Teresa Burton.
Faculty sponsor Scott Minear said mock trial is “a great way for students to build self-esteem and confidence as they step outside of their comfort zone.” He also said that students have to learn how to “control stress and anxiety” and “keep calm under pressure.”
MPCS students also walked away with top awards. Senior Caitlin Galloway and junior Alison Vaughn won two outstanding attorney awards. Abigail Russ and Otse Attah also won an outstanding attorney award. Michael Coffee and Victoria Reid both won outstanding witness awards.