For more than ten years, St. Clair County Mock Trial has been motivating and inspiring students, teachers and coaches alike to challenge themselves in a team atmosphere to compete in a courtroom environment.

How does Mock Trial affect those who join in the competition year after year? We'll let our Mock Trial participants to tell you their impressions of what Mock Trial has done for them and what they've experienced.

Madison VanBuren "Not only does Mock Trial give a better understanding of the legal system, but it boosts self-esteem and forces teamwork skills to improve." Full Remarks
Haley Frederick "It introduced me to new people and gave me a chance to make new friends......I learned that it takes a group of people working together to make things work greatly." Full Remarks
Jonathan Peters "I feel I talk in front of others more comfortably now that I've gone through the program. I feel that my writing skills improved as well after making an opening. I am going to use what I have learned to do even better next year so I can improve even more. I look forward to it......." Full Remarks
Kevin Rudolph "...the Mock Trial program is an experience that I will never forget, and an experience that has taught me lifelong lessons and skills that I will be able to use now in college, and beyond." Full Remarks
Kelsey Killingbeck "...it was remarkable finding Mock Trial and participating in it as I did, particularly in my second year. I wish I could properly convey just how much that whole thing meant to me. If I could, I would do it all over again." Full Remarks
Heaven Powell & Kelsey Alexander "We are better students for having been a part of a program with such depth and dedication to its students. We are forever in debt of the Mock Trial program for preparing us to be students leaving high school with the professionalism, passion and drive to be productive member of an ever changing world." Full Remarks
Sara Campbell "I do this for the thrill. This is like the academic version of a football player’s homecoming game."  
Katie Townsend

"I love Mock Trial. The best thing about it is it’s a rush. You don’t know what’s going to happen next. When I get on the stand and I’m about to be cross-examined, I just feel the adrenaline going through me."

Jaret Gil

"I’ve never done it before but I’m really excited. I feel like there’s going to be some tough spots but that it’s going to help me grow as a person."

Brian M. Thomas

".....this program, in my opinion, is one of best tools you could ever give a high school student. The tools to think on their toes, to work as a team, to make a persuasive and compelling argument, and to have confidence while doing so............the St. Clair County Mock Trial Program is for every student, no matter what profession they choose in life."

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Ron Kaski

"We’ve got a really diverse group of kids from all walks of life. They get really positive exporsure to the legal system. I think it’s a terrific civics lesson."

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Denise O'Hearn

"Mock Trial teaches the students to think quickly and rationally, it improves their public speaking skills and teaches them to work as a team......The students saw firsthand that they could achieve success with a lot of hard work and dedication."

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