Sprayberry High School Excels at Georgia Mock Trial Competition

Mock Trial group

For the second time in as many years, Sprayberry High School advanced to the second round of the District level of Georgia Mock Trial Competition, losing to a school that is frequently in the State Finals.

Sprayberry’s Scott Grant is the teacher who supervised/sponsors/mentors the team. He works alongside attorneys who volunteer as coaches, and all mentor the team, preparing them for rigorous competition.

 For the second consecutive year, the Spayberry team was the highest advancing team in Cobb County.

About Georgia Mock Trial

National Champions in 1995, 1999, 2007 & 2008

Since 1988, teams from many of Georgia’s public and private high schools, as well as several homeschool associations, have participated in the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition. Coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers, teams of 14 students work together to prepare their presentations from case materials provided by the High School Mock Trial Committee.

In the competition  phase, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the witness statements and evidence provided in the case materials. Professional attorneys or judges serve as the Presiding Judges and Evaluators (jury). Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case.

Adding to the authenticity of the competition, teams compete in actual courtrooms across the state beginning with the Regional competitions. The top three teams from each Region advance to the District Competitions to vie for a spot at the State Finals Competition in Lawrenceville, GA. Here, the teams compete for the state title and a chance to advance to The National High School Mock Trial Competition.

 Regional Competitions

All registered teams compete at the Regional Competition level. Each team fields two squads: Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense. The squads compete independently of each other during the first two rounds and never meet each other in competition. Round I matches are randomly drawn (but not allowing both squads from two schools to meet each other; “head to head”). Round II matches are made using the Power Match system based on the results of each squad in round I.

After round II, the scores from both of the team’s squads are combined and the top two teams face off in a head-to-head match for the Region Championship.

District Competitions

Districts are comprised of two Regions. The top three teams from each Region advance to the District Competition. All matches are head-to-head knockout rounds. Both Region Champions receive a bye for round I at District while the remaining matches pit the 2nd place teams against the 3rd place teams across the Regions. The winners of each match face the Region Champions in round II, where the two winning teams meet for the District Championship