Westminster Christian Academy’s Mock Trial team brought home the Region 2 Championship title on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
The Legal Lions beat six other teams to advance as the top team into the final round where Westminster defeated the reigning Region champs, Clarke Central High School.
In its sixth year competing, this is Westminster’s first year to bring home the Region 2 title, even though they have advanced as the wild card to the State competition two times. Last year the team fell to Clark Central in the final round by five points.
Just as in years past, the team has racked up on individual awards from throughout the competition. Jesse Daniels and Daniel Lanclos each received two Best Attorney awards from separate rounds. Kristina Beck and Noah Weinrich were also awarded Best Attorney awards.
Aaron Shelton, Josh Russell, Danielle McKenzie and Chandler Sutton each received an award for Best Witness. McKenzie received the Four Year Award which recognizes students who have competed all four years 9th – 12th grades.
Behind every great team is a great coach, and this team is no exception. Westminster faculty member, Emma Stephens is the team’s faculty advisor and was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher Coach for the state of Georgia. Westminster’s team is also coached by Director of Academics and College Counseling Kelly Cole, faculty members Amy Lanclos and Joelle Dunham, local defense attorney, Kim T. Stephen,s and Athens-Clarke County Solicitor, C.R. Chisholm.
The team is now preparing for the District Competition scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014 the University of Georgia’s School of Law. New to Mock Trial this year, the District Competition will further filter the top teams and advance eight teams to the State Competition instead of 34.
At the District meet, the top three teams from the Athens region will go up against the top three teams from region 13. Westminster received a bye, as did the top team for region 13. The 2nd and 3rd place teams from each region will go head to head. The two winners from that round will go up against the top two teams for round two. The final round (two winners from round two) will determine the District title. The District champion will advance to the State Competition scheduled for March 15, 2014.