Mock Trial teams compete at district level, advance to state

Natalie Gideon, Co-News Editor
March 15, 2012
Filed under News Archives

The Harpeth Hall Silver and Green Mock Trial teams were among teams from public and private schools all over Davidson County that took to the courthouse on Feb. 17-18 to compete.

The Silver team placed second in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2012 Mock Trial Competition and will continue to the state competition in March.

Junior Martha Schull was a witness on the Silver Team. “I was a witness named Yagmur Merteuil, a pompous Turkish insurance inspector,” said Schull. “This was my first year on Mock Trial. I really enjoyed the experience.”

The case was an insurance claim. The insurance company had filed for declaratory judgment because of suspected arson. Each team included 12 roles: three lawyers for each side and three witnesses for each side. This year, Harpeth Hall sent two teams to the competition with a mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors on each team.

The competition consisted of two rounds on Friday Feb. 17, with the Silver Team’s defense and the Green Team’s plaintiff competing against other schools including Hume Fogg, MBA, MLK and St. Cecilia Academy.

Saturday’s competition began at 8:30 a.m. with three rounds and concluded with an awards ceremony. The Silver team is excited for the state competition.

“I think all of us ripped up our certificates at the award ceremony in the excitement of the moment,” said junior Meg Mitchell, member of the Silver Team. “I still have my half-ripped certificate in my car.”

Senior Natalie Gideon, plaintiff and defense lawyer, was the MVP for the Silver Team, and senior Dorothy Jacobs, defense witness, was the MVP for the Green Team.

“The best part was seeing all the cases come together so perfectly,” said senior Anna Russell Thornton.

Junior Cat Weiss agreed, yet enjoyed the awards ceremony most. “When they called us in second place, I looked up to see that everyone had tears rolling down their faces.”

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