Wilson Mock Trial Team headed to state competitionv
On March 9 and 10, the Wilson High School mock trial team is headed to the state mock trial competition. The team participated in the Conway Regional Mock Trial Competition at the Horry County Courthouse last Saturday, where they placed second and performed well enough to move on to the state competition. They are one of only 12 mock trial teams in the state to advance.
This will be the Wilson team’s second trip to the state competition in two years. Wilson is led by teacher coaches Laura Anne Hofler and Jill Young, attorney coach Jack Hofler, and student captain Bethany Williams.
The Wilson team spent about five months preparing for the regional mock trial competition, where a series of trials took place between a fictional plaintiff and defense. The mock trial program, sponsored by the SC Bar, releases a fictitious case in October of each year. The students who made it past auditions were split into witnesses and attorneys for either the plaintiff or defense. These students then spent months preparing and memorizing direct and cross examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments for trials against some of the best high school teams in the state.
Wilson won all of the three trials in which it participated at the regional competition, defeating the Academy for Technology and Academics, Kingstree Senior High, and Carolina Forest High School. They were one of only two teams from the Conway regional competition to advance to the state competition, along with Socastee High School.
The students on the team are freshmen Elena Morgan, Riana Patel, and Sophie Watson; sophomores Blaise Nettles, Salomon Rice, Houston Taylor, and Mary Watts; juniors Katelyn Franck, James Wesley Hanna, Grace Hinson, Annie Kate Watson, and Bethany Williams; and senior Lindsey Sherman. The team won every individual award for which they were eligible.
Rice and Watson each earned one “Most Effective Attorney” award, with Williams taking four.
Franck brought home three “Most Effective Witness” awards, as well as Nettles, Morgan, and Hinson earning one.
The SC Bar High School Mock Trial state competition will be held at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia on March 9 and 10.