Thirty-four Montgomery Academy students spent the weekend at Alabama Youth in Government's Youth Judicial competition where they tried a civil case against teams from all over the state. One MA defense team defeated Spain Park's top plaintiff team and emerged state champions! Four other MA teams rose to the challenge and eleven students new to the program joined repeat participants this year. One plaintiff team placed in the top ten; one plaintiff team placed in the top twenty; one first-year team won all of its trials; one first-year team won the majority of its trials. MA's winning team will represent the state of Alabama in the National High School Mock Trial Championship, where only one school per state is selected to attend, in Athens, GA, this May.
The winning defense team members include attorneys Sofie Behr, Caroline Deale and James Torbert. Witnesses were Carter Chandler, Hannah Hale and Francie Hill. Additionally, James Torbert was named Best Defense Attorney in the competition. The Mock Trial team is sponsored by Upper School Faculty member Stephanie Hill.
Other students who participated where: Premier Defense team: James Snead, Jones Corley, Alisha Singh, Virginia Anderson, Maggie Kinney, Bella Hosein and Brabee Pirnie. Premier Plaintiff team: William Dillon, Ruston Bassett, Ellie Stevens, Abby Baird, Ellie Kim, Brystol Habermacher and Mary Virginia Huffaker. Major League Plaintiff team: Easton Strickler, William Robertson, AC Sylvest, Roma Pirnie, Martha Ernest and Mac Main. Major League Plaintiff team: Cyprian Dumas, Hannah Maddox, Margaret Chandler, Carson Roth, Bradley Westhauser and Kelsey Cox. Judge: Will Hamlett and Bailiff: Elizabeth Waldo.