MBA Claims 2016 Mock Trial Title

UPDATE: The full Final Round video is available now online streaming at this link!

(NASHVILLE, March 19, 2016) — Montgomery Bell Academy emerged as the winner of the 2016 State High School Mock Trial Competition in Nashville this weekend. MBA defeated the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association team in the championship round. MBA will go on to represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 12-14 in Boise, Idaho.

The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, involved 16 teams and nearly 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

At a ceremony immediately preceding the championship round, students were recognized for their efforts. TBA President Bill Harbison welcomed the participants, coaches, families and volunteers. TBA YLD President Rachel Moses, an attorney in the Cookeville office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, presented awards to the top 10 teams, the best witnesses and advocates, the most valuable players for each team, and the team exhibiting the best sportsmanship-like behavior. This year’s sportsmanship award winner was Home Life Academy, which was participating in its first-ever appearance at the competition. (All photos by Landry Butler, Barry Kolar and Liz Todaro of the Tennessee Bar Association .)

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Members of the Montgomery Bell Academy team and coach Wade Cowan celebrate after being awarded the 2016 championship trophy in the 36th Annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. TBA President Bill Harbison, Tennessee Chief Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee, TBA YLD President Rachel Moses and Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn pose with the team. Chief Justice Lee presided over the championship round. 

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association finished as runner up after competing the the final round of competition.

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

3. St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

4. Beech High School, Hendersonville

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

5. Harpeth Hall, Nashville

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

6. Agathos Classical School, Columbia

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

7. White Station High School, Memphis

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

8. Ravenwood High School, Brentwood

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

9. Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

10. Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

TBA leaders at the event included (from left) YLD President-elect Rachel Mancl, Mock Trial Chair Kristen Corn, TBA President Bill Harbison and YLD President Rachel Moses.

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Home Life Academy, in its first appearance at the tournament, took the Team Sportsmanship Award. The award recipient is based on the votes of other teams and presiding judges. The team is coached by Kortney Simmons, an attorney in Jackson.

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

The final round.

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Scenes from the final round

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Scenes from the final round.

2016 TBA YLD State High School Mock Trial Championships

Family and friends gather for photos following the final round.

 

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