Following last month’s mere five point upset against Clarke Central for the region title, Westminster Christina Academy’s Mock Trial team was thrilled to receive the northern wildcard to compete at state March 16, 2013 at the Gwinnett Justice Center where the team went up against region champions from all over Georgia.
While the team did not advance to the final round, three members did receive individual Outstanding awards during the two rounds in which Westminster competed.
During the first round of competition Westminster senior Lindsey Vinson received the Outstanding Attorney award, and junior Danielle McKenzie received the Outstanding Witness award.
In round two, senior Berkley Kirsche received the Outstanding Witness award, an award he also won during the regional competition.
This was the second time to compete at the state level for Vinson, as well as fellow senior attorney, Sarah Rawls. Each Rawls and Vinson received individual Outstanding Attorney awards at the region competition last month. Rawls received two Outstanding Attorney awards last year when Vinson also received her first Outstanding Attorney award.
This was also the young team’s second time at state in only three years. During the mere five years of existence, the team has made it to the regional finals three times and to the state competition twice.
The Westminster team is coached by upper school English teacher Emma Stephens, as well as Middle School English teacher Amy Lanclos and Director of Academics, Kelly Cole. Athens Clarke County Solicitor C.R. Chisholm and Athens defense attorney Kim T. Stephens, along with UGA lawschool professor Randy Beck all offer their legal expertise to the team during practices.