Hockinson High School offers students the opportunity to try out many different activities—from traditional sports and music groups to special interests like the Equestrian Team and Robotics.
One of the school’s newer offerings is Mock Trial Club, which recently wrapped up its second year.
“It’s like you’re running an actual trial,” explains 11th-grader and second-year attorney Codi Fortier. “We’re trying to fight for a side.”
For Mock Trial, teams of 14 students—three attorneys and four witnesses for the defense and prosecution sides—received extensive instructions in October.
The Hockinson team spent months preparing for the Clark County event with a team of legal and acting coaches from the community. They learned how to be effective witnesses, write opening and closing statements, and research similar cases.
The Mock Trial event took place in February at the Clark County Courthouse and involved six three-hour-long trials. The HHS team took fourth place, and HHS senior Lauren Rath won best witness. Three other HHS team members were nominated for best witness, and four were nominated for best attorney.
Codi, who worked as the group’s pre-trial specialist, said she enjoys looking for the faulty logic in arguments. But when asked why she went out for Mock Trial, it’s pretty simple:
“When I know I have the right information, I just really like to argue with people,” she says.
“That’s why kids come to Mock Trial at first,” observes adviser and social studies teacher Heidi Morris. “We bond in amazing ways. We become a little family that likes to argue.”