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Students honored at state mock trial
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Forsyth County News


Several members of North Forsyth High School’s Mock Trial team received awards during a recent state competition.

Mock trial allows students the chance to take part in a fictional court case, serving as attorneys and witnesses.

The North team took top honors in the county’s regional mock trial competition Feb. 11, when it competed against teams from Forsyth’s four other public high schools and Pinecrest Academy.

As regional winners, North earned the right to compete at state competition March 17 against 16 other teams from across Georgia.

According to North’s mock trial teacher-coach, Kathy Vail, this was the fifth time since the team was founded in 1995 that it had advanced to the state competition.

While the team did not win the right to move on to national competition, several students earned awards.

Chelby Coley received two outstanding prosecuting attorney awards, and Steven King and Emmalee Lightcap were named outstanding witnesses by the judging panels.

Chad Smith was selected as outstanding witness, while Justin Kalin was named outstanding defense attorney.

During regional competition in February, several students also received awards: Coley, Abigail Dillon, Kaitlyn Doyle and Alexa Osterloh were named outstanding attorneys; Chad Smith was recognized as outstanding witness; and Osterloh as outstanding defense attorney.

Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta won the state title and will compete at the national competition, set for May in Albuquerque, N.M.