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HHS Mock Trial Team Wins Big in San Francisco

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01-Dec-2015 (HHS) - Over Thanksgiving break, the Hoover High School Mock Trial Team successfully competed in the Empire Mock Trial Competition in San Francisco where it brought home several awards, including the Spirit of Empire Award for honesty, civility and fair play.

Team sponsors Joseph Hutchings (Social Science, History) and Kellye Self (U.S Government, A.P. U.S. Government & Politics) led the 9-student team to San Francisco for the national, invitation-only competition.  In addition to the Spirit of Empire Award, the team walked away with a Top 10 "Best Witness" (Britney Waldrop) and a Top 10 "Best Attorney" (Christian Hatcher) - impressive feats considering Hoover High was up against teams from not only the United States, but six other countries.

"Since August, these students have set aside a ton of time to work on mastering a tough fact pattern. What makes this competition even more difficult isn't just the level of advocacy, but also the fact that the students have to represent both the plaintiff and the defendant, so there's double the usual amount of prep," Hutchings said.  "Our kids made a great impression on other schools, and represented Hoover High School extremely well. I'm very proud of this team!"

According to its website, Empire Mock Trial seeks to mold young people into confident, respectful, culturally aware citizens. The organization hosts a family of educational programs, where students learn about the rule of law and meet fellow young people from diverse backgrounds. Empire Mock Trial supplements traditional classroom learning with programs that require students to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. Through interacting with their peers, students gain perspective on global issues in an atmosphere that is conducive to both friend making and network building. The intellectual growth and cultural opportunities unique to Empire serve to educate, connect, and empower students to become exemplary leaders and engaged global citizens.

Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations

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