Valwood Mock Trial wins district

Valwood Mock Trial wins district

Feb 28, 2019

HAHIRA – Valwood School Mock trial team is headed to state competition to compete with the top eight teams from Georgia. 

The road to state started at the region tournament at the Lowndes County Judicial Building. 

The day consisted of three rounds, with two squads (one each representing plaintiff and defense) competing head-to-head with another school in each round, school officials said. 

The Valwood team was chosen to compete in the championship round and, following a hard-fought couple of trials, were named runners-up to the region championship, school officials said. 

The team was showered with individual honors, with Elizabeth Evans receiving an outstanding witness award for Round 2, Madison Hall receiving an outstanding witness award for Round 3, Millie Hollis receiving an outstanding witness award for Rounds 1 and 3, and Isabella White receiving an outstanding attorney award for all three rounds of the competition, school officials said.

The next stop was district competition in Tifton. 

All matches were head-to-head knockout rounds. 

In Round 1, the Valiants defeated Deerfield-Windsor. Isabella White won outstanding attorney (her fourth in a row) and Mary Clare Martin won outstanding witness. 

In Round 2, Valwood defeated Brookstone School. Isabella White won outstanding attorney (fifth in a row), Liam Peterman won outstanding attorney, and Madison Hall won outstanding witness, school officials said.

In the championship round, the Valiants defeated cross-town rival, Lowndes High School, school officials said. Skylar Gray won outstanding attorney, Robert Stark won outstanding attorney and Jordan Green won outstanding witness.

The team will compete at the state finals competition Saturday, March 16, in Athens.

The Competition will be held at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse and the Classic Center in Athens. The eight district champion teams will compete in head-to-head matches. After two rounds of competition, an awards ceremony will be held recognizing the eight district champions, the outstanding witness and outstanding attorney award recipients for the two preliminary rounds, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism Award, recognition of the Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest region and state champions and the induction of the Student Bar of Georgia (from this season’s Law Academy).

"These kids really are something special; they never gave up and performed at their best in every round,” said Daryn Beasley, first-year coach.

The Valwood Mock Trial team consists of seniors Meredith Brown, Skylar Gray, Lucas Papadopoulos, Liam Peterman, Robert Stark, Lindsay Thomas and Isabella White; juniors Elizabeth Evans, Millie Hollis, Clark Miller; and sophomores Jordan Green, Madison Hall, Mary Clare Martin and Ellie Smith. They are coached by Daryn Beasley and Cathy Helms.