Two Montgomery Academy Mock Trial teams participated in the regional Capital City Youth in Government Mock Trial competition on Saturday, October 16, and advanced to the state Youth Judicial Competition in November. Twenty-five MA students participated in this competition or the one the weekend before in Birmingham, where MA had judges in the Magic City competition. Mock trial teams of six try one case over and over again during the course of the competition in order to see who can come out on top. This year’s case involves a bank robbery and teams are tasked with learning both sides of the case. They find out whether they’re prosecuting or defending only minutes before trying the case.

Chandler Brazil’s team won fifth place in the competition and Ellie Stevens, Jeb Tucker, Killian White, Isabella Johnson, Sarah Kate Ingram, and Andrew Hosein will advance to the state competition. Jeb Tucker won the Best Witness award with a perfect ranking score of fifteen. Charlie Hill’s team won first place in the competition and Tristan Dumas, Laura Stanton Strickler, Holden Habermacher, Katie Brown, Norah Desautels, and John Alford will advance to the state competition, too. Charlie Hill won Best Attorney with a perfect ranking score of fifteen. Sophomores Molly Selman and Sarah Elizabeth Casey worked with college staffers and served as Competition Coordinators. Claire Gary, Claire Moore, and Kareena Singh are judges in the Youth Judicial program this year. Allie Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Ray, Parker Roth, and Brett Westhauser are serving as bailiffs.