Mock Trial 2019

STATE: The Valwood Mock Trial Team wrapped up its season at the State Finals in Athens, GA over the weekend of March 15-16. Competing as one of the top 8 teams in the state of Georgia, the Valwood Mock Trial Plaintiff and Defense squads battled valiantly throughout the first 2 rounds of the day. As they did at both Regional and District Competitions, the squads accumulated many individual awards, which were presented at an awards ceremony following Round 2. Outstanding Attorney, Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Performance awards were earned by Madison Hall, Robert Stark and Elizabeth Evans. Charles Kugler, the team's court artist, was recognized as the Region Champion and State Finalist for his courtroom sketches completed in January at the Region Competition. The team as a whole was recognized formally with a presentation of a District 8 Championship Plaque. The team was also the recipient of the 2019 Trinh Huynh Memorial Professionalism Award for demonstrating exemplary and admirable attributes during the State Finals Competition. This award is a peer-chosen, inter-squad award presented by the Georgia Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Committee of the Young Lawyers Division along with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. This high honor was bestowed upon the Valiant team by all its competitors, and we graciously accept this distinction. This was a very successful season for the Valwood Mock Trial team, and all its members are incredibly thankful for all the support from their peers, their parents and the Valwood community as a whole.

DISTRICT: The Valwood School Mock Trial Team will compete again the weekend of February 23rd & 24th in Tifton! After being a finalist at the Region Competition earlier this month, the award-winning Mock Trial squad of Upper School students will test their talents and wits against several other public and independent schools in a bid to compete in Athens at the State Competition next month. Please help support our outstanding squad of student-attorneys and witnesses as they represent true Valiant pride in the courtroom! The competition will be held at the Tift County Courthouse, with Round 1 starting at 5:00PM on Saturday, Feb.23. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Sunday, Feb.24 at 12:30PM and 4:30PM respectively.

REGION:  The Valwood Mock Trial team competed on Saturday, February 2nd at the Lowndes County Judicial Building for the Region Championship. 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. The Mock Trial team consists of Isabella White, Lucas Papadopoulos, Robert Stark, Meredith Brown, Skylar Gray, Liam Peterman, Clark Miller, Millie Hollis, Elizabeth Evans, Ellie Smith, Jordan Green, Madison Hall, Lindsay Thomas and Mary Clare Martin. Valwood's team was chosen to compete in the Championship Round and following a hard-fought couple of trials, were named Runners-Up to cross-town rivals, Lowndes High School. 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! The Mock Trial team will now move on to compete at the District Level in a few weeks.