The Unicoi County High School Mock Trial team concluded their long journey last week when they battled at the state competition and came home with a seventh place finish out of 16 teams.
The competition was a demanding event that required all of the team members to be performing at a high level, according to Sarah Shults, one of the teams coaches.
The competition was extremely tough, said Shults. Every team that was there clearly deserved to be there and it felt like we were in the thick of it all along.
The UCHS Mock Trial team was thrilled to finish in the top half, but it took a lot of work to get there. The first team they faced was from Webb School, a private institution located near Knoxville. They also had to go up against Harpeth Hall, an all-girls, private, college preparatory school located in Nashville. Both schools are regarded as highly prestigious institutions.
The Unicoi County squad defeated both of them.
The competition went for four rounds total. Of the 16 teams in the competition, the top 10 received plaques as awards. Throughout the entire four rounds, none of the 16 teams had any idea of their standing. It was only until after the competition during the awards ceremony that each team learned where they placed.
The team was thrilled to have finished seventh, said Shults. Along with the seventh-place finish, several members of the team received individual honors. The team MVP for the state competition was Jared Sanchez for his portrayal of Jesse Jameson, the plaintiff. Chandra Edwards received the award of third-best witness for the defense. She was selected out of all of the defense witnesses at the competition, which numbered nearly 60 kids. Edwards portrayed Jordan Evergreen.
For the remainder of this article please see the March 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.