Mock Trial Places 3rd in State Competition


Covenant Classical School placed 3rd in the State High School Mock Trial Competition in Dallas March 1-3, 2018. Covenant faced the best teams from across the state. Freshman Callen Smith won the award for Best Witness in the state. Covenant has qualified for and competed at the State level every year since the team was established five years ago. The team has placed 3rd in State four out of the five years.

The team consisted of seniors Nate Fredricks, Emily Hornell, Izzy Jones, Chloe McLaren, Tate Smith, sophomore John Bennett, and freshmen Grace Burgess, Maddie Hornell, Isabel Kau, and Callen Smith. The team was coached by volunteer attorney coaches Josh Burgess, Rachel Dalton and Scott Fredricks.

Student attorneys present opening and closing statements, and use an abbreviated form of the Federal Rules of Evidence while conducting direct and cross examinations. Student witnesses must master a fact statement and submit to direct and cross examinations in those roles. This year the students argued a civil case involving corporate liability in the death of a young man who trespassed onto private property and died in an accident on the property.