Alamance Community College’s student Mock Trial team competed at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Championships in February and defeated Campbell University 2-0 in the third round of the four round tournament. The event was held Feb. 22-23 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alamance Community College (ACC) is one of only three community colleges in the nation to take on the challenge of mock trial competition, according to Dr. Kevin Sargent, Director of ACC’s Mock Trial Team.
The American Mock Trial Association, through competitive simulations across the U.S., provides college students opportunities to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.
Seven of the eight students on ACC’s team only began participating this academic year, and the Regional held at UNC was the only competition ACC attends. Most other college teams have been participating in mock trial for three or four years, and travel to several tournaments throughout the year to prepare, said Dr. Sargent.
“In basketball terms, this would be the equivalent of skipping the regular season, entering the conference tournament, and actually winning a game,” said Sargent. “This is our third trip to Regionals in the last six years, and each time we have sent at least one four-year university home licking their wounds.”
In the Regional, ACC’s team also competed in close matches against UNC and the University of Florida.
ACC’s student team members invested much time and effort to prepare for the competition, meeting every other Saturday during the fall semester, and every Saturday plus additional weekday practices in January and February.
ACC’s Mock Trial Regional Team Members were: Cody Mills (Captain), Gabriel Mercado, Cassie Strnad, Justin Seals, Noah Carr, Jessica Frank, Brooke Dee, and Abrial Poole.
Providing financial support to the team was the ACC Foundation and the College’s Student Success/Student Government Association.