West Brook Students Compete in Mock Trial

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West Brook High School

West Brook students competed in the Regional Texas High School Mock Trial Competition February 11, 2017. The team consists of Jacelin Daniel, Kennedy Gilder, Kaitlyn Hill, Brandon McClendon, Ariana Mills-Teate, Natane Randall and Anna Shaffer.

For the event, the Texas High School Mock Trial Association released a court case to the entire state of Texas October 1, 2017. The case, which was a murder trial this year, consists of six witness statements and photo evidence. During the mock trial process, students are assigned roles as either attorney or witness; the attorneys are tasked with writing opening and closing statements, question witnesses and make and defend objections just like a real court case. Others are assigned statements that they must learn and become familiar with in order to portray witnesses

Beaumont attorneys Bill Richey and Jonathan Stovall serve as volunteer attorney coaches. Stovall is an alumni of West Brook and the mock trial team.

“These students put in a lot of work outside of school to polish and debate how we are going to present our case,” said sponsor and West Brook Law & Safety – CTE teacher Hope Harris-Harrell. “I am so proud of this group of kids and their ability to come together as a team and work through adversity.”

Kaitlyn Hill received a scholarship from the Jefferson County Young Lawyer’s Association for Best Advocate of the competition.

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