Remember That Time Our State Was Selected to Host Nationals . . . .
Some kids play football in high school. Some play basketball. Some participate in cheerleading or dance. Then, there are those of us who were proud to call ourselves “mock trial nerds.” At my high school, we practiced more than the sports teams. We had a “Varsity” and a “JV.” We competed in scrimmages against other teams, and we had coaches. We won our regional tournament every year, and we advanced to State. Our school held a pep rally for us every year before State. Our parents came to watch (or in my case, coach) our team. We dealt with high school drama during the year, had our highs and lows, but we worked incredibly hard, pulled ourselves together, and always walked into the courtroom a united front. While not around when I was in school, today there are actually numerous mock trial summer camps throughout the country. I’ve even heard rumors of mock trial scholarships to college.
Much of my life has involved mock trial.