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Students compete in mock trial

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

For the first time, dozens of students from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton recently participated in a mock trial competition at the Newton County Judicial Center against schools in Fayette County.

McIntosh High School beat out Sandy Creek High School in the final round of competition.

Pictured, left to right, are members of Alcovy High School's team and their coaches: (front row sitting) Lavondria Jones, Carolina Sink, D'Lexus Harvey; (back row standing) teacher coach Linsey Floyd, teacher coach Melinda Morrow, Albert Elkerson, attorney coach Brannon Carson, Zack Elliott, Dante Pittman, Kenjah McNeil, Sandy Davis, Celine Richards, Nicole Short, Bailey Hallman, AJ German, Ian Elliott, Destiny Snow, attorney coach Jennifer Arndt and attorney coach Deepa Patel.

"We are excited about the opportunity that this extracurricular activity provides for the secondary students in our county," said Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for operations at the Newton County School System. "The mock trial teams are another attempt on the part of the district to get students actively involved in positive activities outside of the regular school day in an attempt to develop them both academically and socially. Public speaking, cooperative planning and analytical thinking are just a few of the critical skills that our students are being afforded the opportunity to sharpen through participation in this exciting new program here. The students and staff members who have chosen to participate in the mock trail program are blazing a trail here in the district that we hope will be sustained by future staff members and students."