Mock TrialSeven Monticello High School students recently competed in Arkansas Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Competition at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Little Rock.

The competition gave the students the opportunity to experience the rigors of trial litigation in a true courtroom setting, with actual judges and seasoned attorneys scoring their performance. The team spent months reviewing a fact pattern provided by the Arkansas Bar Association and learning procedural rules of the court in preparation for the competition.

The student attorneys were Jordan McDaniel, Keeton Orrell, and Brionna Williams. Student witnesses were Chante Miller, Jordan Jackson, and Kristen Daniel. Johniquah Thomas served as the timekeeper.

This was Monticello High School’s first appearance in the competition since 2013 and the students had a good showing, placing 12th in the entire state of Arkansas.

Students were coached by Joel Brown, Monticello High School Debate coach, and attorney Lee Curry of the Gibson & Keith law firm in Monticello.