Mock Trial Becomes Conduit for Service

In addition to preparing the 2013 mock trial case for their local competition, high school mock trial teams in Erwin and Springfield took time to reach out and serve their communities. In Unicoi County, the local high school team held a “dress rehearsal” of the official local mock trial competition to raise money in honor of their long-time coach Sarah Shults after she was diagnosed with cancer. The students made and sold tickets to the event at school and throughout the community. They even auctioned off chairs in the jury box for prime seating! And of course, they had a bake sale to supplement tickets sales. Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White presided over the trial. All funds raised went to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The brains behind the initiative were Dara Carney-Needleman, Nathan Farnor, Jarrett Jewart, Jacob Ingram, Adam Larkey, Alexa Parsley, Laura Rogers, Jared Sanchez, Brooke Shelton, Tosha Turner and Tyler Williams.

Some 300 miles to the west, the Springfield High School mock trial team was making news of its own. In December, to honor the memory of students killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, each team member pledged to perform 26 acts of kindness. A map with sticky notes kept track of where they performed their random acts. Then in January, to honor Martin Luther King Day, the students painted a wall in the school cafeteria to celebrate the Law Day theme of equality under the law. Thanks to Ariel Bunch, Juwan Cross, Olivia Harris, Sarah Jones, Claire Kellar, Crystal Lemus, Maddie Loving, Julia Morgan, Charlotte Padfield, Reena Patel, Kylie Ronnow, Olivia Shoemaker and Susannah White for your inspiring actions.

Members of the Springfield High School mock trial team took a break from preparing for the local mock trial competition to paint this wall in the school cafeteria. The "Equality Under the Law" message tracks this year's Law Day theme.