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Students shine in mock trial competition
Lambert High student TJ Hodge takes notes while competing with the school’s mock trial team in the Forsyth County regional competition at the courthouse in downtown Cumming. Lambert faced North Forsyth in the first round. - photo by Autumn McBride
High school students gathered in downtown Cumming on a recent morning to test their legal skills in Forsyth County’s first mock trial competition.Until this year, local students had to travel as far as Athens to compete in the event, which is sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia.Teams from all five local public high schools participated, as did students from Pinecrest Academy, a private school in south Forsyth.In the end, West Forsyth edged Lambert for the title. The Wolverines’ legal skills will be tested next month, when they compete for the state title in Lawrenceville.Clay White, staff attorney for Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson and a coordinator for the event, said 95 to 100 students took part.The competition spread from the county administration building and Cumming City Hall to the county courthouse.About 42 attorneys and judges from Forsyth and other counties also participated. “Some regions have more than one county and I think that certainly in the future if schools from a surrounding county ask to be in this region that would probably be approved, but this year it was the six teams just from Forsyth County,” White said.He explained how the students tried a mock case involving a detective who had been fired from his job.