Centennial Middle School has continued a strong tradition in the State Mock Trial competition, securing their eleventh State Championship. Both of Centennial’s teams went through the primary rounds undefeated and continued that way through the round of sixteen, quarterfinals and into semi-finals. In the semi-final round, one Centennial team suffered a narrow defeat while the other triumphed and advanced to the Championship round against WHDL South. On Wednesday, March 25th, Centennial triumphed and captured the State Title. The championship team will be honored by the State Bar Association at this year’s Law Day Luncheon on May 1st.
Advised by teacher Krista Thornock and local attorney Charles Abbott, the students began preparation in January for the competitions, which began in mid-February. The students met twice weekly at 6:45 a.m. to learn courtroom procedures and prepare case material. The competition requires students to take both sides, representing both the Plaintiff and the Defense in various rounds of the competition. “Learning to see both sides of an issue, think on your feet, and express your views in a persuasive, articulate manner is the best lesson that comes from Mock Trial,” commented Krista Thornock, teacher of Centennial’s American Studies class for gifted students, from which the mock trial team is selected.