Outstanding mock trial performance is becoming a Heathwood tradition, and this year’s Middle School Mock Trial team carried that tradition forward with aplomb, garnering multiple awards in regional competition at the Lexington County Courthouse on December 5, 2015.
Normally, a strong finish would have earned the team a trip to the state competition, but this year’s regionals were delayed by the October floods, and the state round was cancelled. This is the second year in a row that the Heathwood team performed well against tough competition from much larger schools like Dent, Hand, and Meadow Glen.
The attorneys judging the competition awarded Madeline Ashcraft Most Effective Attorney and Nico Adamo Most Effective Witness. Ellie Colwell, Madeline Ashcraft, Parker Mustain, and Nico Adamo were awarded student choice awards. “They did a great job,” said attorney and Heathwood parent Barb Petit, who mentors the team. “With thirteen new students participating in the competition, it was impressive that they finished so strongly.”
Sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Association, Mock Trial gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the legal profession and the court system. Students representing attorneys and witnesses for both sides of a fictional case role play the case being tried in court. The students are guided in their case through support of their teacher and attorney coaches.
Heathwood has a very active Upper School Mock Trial team, which will compete in regionals in Sumter on February 27, and, if they advance to the state competition, at the Federal Courthouse in Columbia March 11-12. The competitions are open to the public.