The HLA Mock Trial team pictured (l-r) on the front row: Jerrica Voyles, Emma Kendrick, Katerina Walden, Kailey McKee, Russell Walden and Alyssa Hartig. On the back row (l-r): Michael Steets, Zack McCarver, Lauren Shroeder, Alyssa Simons and Alex McCarver. Photo courtesy of KaBao McCarver.

The HLA Mock Trial team pictured (l-r) on the front row: Jerrica Voyles, Emma Kendrick, Katerina Walden, Kailey McKee, Russell Walden and Alyssa Hartig. On the back row (l-r): Michael Steets, Zack McCarver, Lauren Shroeder, Alyssa Simons and Alex McCarver. Photo courtesy of KaBao McCarver..

The HLA Mock Trial team competed against Dyersburg High School on Tuesday, February 23 against Dyersburg High School. In the audience were not only the parents of the team members, but many other homeschool families showing their support. The HLA team competed for more than three hours and performed well, but lost to Dyersburg.

Attorney Kortney Simmons started working with the team in August to prepare them for competition.

“I’m super proud of the kids and their performance last night. I hate they didn’t win, but as I told them from the very beginning… it’s not always about winning. It’s about the experience and going in there and doing your best. There were some excellent moments in the competition and some not so excellent moments, but I believe the students learned from it all,” said Simmons. “I wish they would have been able to advance to the state competition, but I’m proud of them anyway. I’m very proud of Alex McCarver for winning the Best Plaintiff Attorney Award! He truly earned it and I appreciate all of his hard work and dedication.”

Alex McCarver won the Best Plaintiff Attorney Award. Pictured is Alex receiving the award from the Honorable Judge NAME, who presided over the competition. Photo courtesy of KaBao McCarver.

Alex McCarver won the Best Plaintiff Attorney Award. Pictured is Alex receiving the award from Chancellor James F. Butler, who presided over the competition. Photo courtesy of KaBao McCarver.

“I feel like the year started out rough, but we came together and pulled through as a team. I’m proud of how we competed,” said Alex McCarver. “As far as the award goes, I really don’t have much to say. It’s a team sport. The credit goes to my coaches and teammates. Iron sharpens iron.”

Simmons went on to share she is thankful for all the time and energy the team put forth for the competition.

“We never would have been able to pull this off if they hadn’t put in the hard work,” said Simmons. “I am also grateful for the supportive parents who stayed late at practices, provided food and were just a great support system for the kids. I love my mock trial kids and I appreciate them sticking with me through to the end!”

Update: The HLA Mock Trial team received notice later today that they will be competing at the 2016 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition in Nashville, March 18-19. They will represent District 13 along with Dyersburg High School.


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