Homeschool students face off in mock trial | Local News
MOULTRIE, Ga. — Students from the Classic Conversation Home School community gathered Friday to participate in a mock trial at the Moultrie downtown courthouse.
Superior Court staff attorney Brooklyn Key presided over the mock trial, which ran from 8 a.m. to noon. The 10 students involved were divided into two teams to present their project. Comprised of 12- and 13-year-old students from Moultrie, Hahira and Albany, the students competed as a team to try a case, according to Albany Classical Conversation Director Dia Dean.
“Students are split into teams of four and six depending on their subject area,” Dean said in an interview after the event. “They worked to create these cases to present.”
The teams were Albany and Moultrie against Hahira’s students. Classical Conversation provided a “little binder” for the essays which contained the overall plot. Students took this basic plot and created their own positions, evidence, timelines, and witnesses. Each team took turns playing both defense and pursuit.
Albany/Moultrie students included:
- Brantley Barcus
- Abby Schmidt
- Miller Pitts
- Iva Evans
- Abigail Myrick
- Haden Lee Mathis
- Paige Jamisson
Hahira’s students included:
- Lily Grace Bennett
- Amory Campa
- Frances Campa
- Clear Iris
- Grace Earls
- Abbie Wells
Miah Pitts was not on the official schedule as she was in Uganda with her family on a mission trip, but was able to video chat throughout the trial.
Moultrie principal Kayla Jamison said Classical Conversations, a faith-based organization, is a great way for children to not only learn court procedures, but also a way to stand up for the Christian faith.
“Children learn to have a logical argument. They not only learn about a possible career path, but they also learn how to stand up for their faith. It’s not about putting anyone down. It’s about proving your point in a logical way,” Jamison said.
Both teams were scored on their arguments, evidence provided, logical argument skills and presentation skills. The Albany and Moultrie team won by a margin of six points with a total of 186.
After hearing closing arguments, Key told the students a bit about how she became a lawyer, allowing the students to ask questions about the court process and courtroom procedures before providing her comments.
“You have all delivered your arguments very well. You actually did it better than I’ve seen in a real courtroom,” Key laughed as he shared his comments. “You should be very proud no matter what the jury decides and I hope some of you see this as a potential future.”
In both cases, the false defendant was found not guilty.