In addition to team advancement, there were a number of individual awards. For each round, opposing teams and scoring judges named Most Effective Attorneys and Witnesses. In the first round, Pallavi Rao won the Judges’ Most Effective Attorney Award while Ben Wuori garnered the Team Most Effective Attorney Award. Kiara Myers won both the Team and Judges’ Most Effective Witnesses Awards. The second round resulted in Andrea Kimpson winning Judges’ Most Effective Attorney Award and Ellie Pobis the Judges’ Most Effective Witness Award. The Team Most Effective Attorney and Witness Awards went to Garrett Kaufman and Sophia Lynch, respectively. The final round concluded with Sophia Lynch winning both the Judges’ and Team Most Effective Witness Awards while Andrea Kimpson earned a Team Most Effective Attorney Award.
Dent’s Mock Trial Team Places at the State Competition
A month later at the state competition on December 6-7, Dent competed against eleven other teams from around the state. Winning two of our three rounds and all six individual witness and attorney awards, the Dent team was just one of four teams to qualify to spar with the four best teams of North Carolina in the first "Battle of the Carolinas" at the end of March.
The Team Most Effective Witness Awards went to Kiara Myers (rounds 1 and 2) and Sofia Lynch (round 3). The Team Most Effective Attorney Awards went to Isabel Beville (round 1), Pallavi Rao (round 2), and Andrea Kimpson (round 3).
The Judges' Most Effective Witness Awards went to Kiara Myers (rounds 1 and 2) and Sophia Lynch (round 3). The Judges' Most Effective Attorney Awards went to Dev Ramesh (round 1), Isabel Beville (round 2), and Garrett Kaufman (round 3).
Dent Finishes Fourth in the Battle of the Carolinas
On March 28-29, our Dent Middle School Mock Trial Team competed in the first "Battle of the Carolinas" in Conway, SC. They acquitted themselves quite well finishing in fourth place.
Special congratulations to Dev Ramesh, Gillian Patton, and Isabel Beville for winning the Team Most Effective Attorney awards while Kiara Myers won two and Sofia Lynch one of the Team Most Effective Witness awards. In addition, Kiara also won a Judge's Most Effective Witness Award.
This was Dent’s most successful year of competition yet. We had three sixth graders, six seventh graders, and six eighth graders on the team. What is perhaps most telling is that of the fifteen team members, only five had ever competed in a mock trial before. It bodes well for the future.
Special thanks to head coach Tim Hicks, assistant coach Marc Turner, and attorney coach Milton Kimpson. This year's team included Isabel Beville, Garrett Kaufman, Andrew Kilgore, Andrea Kimpson, Christopher Kong, Sofia Lynch, Kiara Myers, Gillian Patton, Ellie Pobis, Dev Ramesh, Alejandra Ramirez, Pallavi Rao, Garrison Thomas, Ben Wuori, and Willa Catherine Zeiler.