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Activity Spotlight: Green Mountain High School Mock Trial Team

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Graham Tuohy-Gaydos, Staff Reporter

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During the week of February 5th, the GMHS Mock Trial team will be competing at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday through Friday. The team is hoping to have a good round of competition and potentially qualify for the state tournament in March. However, what exactly is Mock Trial?

 

Mock Trial is a GMHS club that is not as well known as some of the others, but is very inclusive and is always looking for new members to join.  If you are interested in becoming a lawyer, politician, or just would like to know how a court case works, then this is the group for you. The team is made up of two sets of student-attorneys, one for the defense and one for the prosecution. At the start of the season, which is in October, the panels are given a case, usually criminal cases. The cases are created by the Colorado High School Mock Trial group, the governing body of the competition in Colorado. The two panels, and the witnesses they represent, both played by students, must try to win for their side in the case. The activity functions quite like a regular court case, except the cases are not real and the lawyers are high school students.  The club is run by teacher and parent volunteers and often include actual lawyers to assist the students in their preparation.  The club meets once a week on Wednesdays to prepare and practice.  The regional qualifier consists of actually trying the case against other schools in a round-robin competition against the other High Schools in Jefferson County with the top 4 teams advancing to the state.  The focus is on learning, but the competition is fun.

 

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