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Mock Trial Club

Many high schools nationwide participate in mock trial and Norwalk High School is one of them. There are over 300 schools that hold mock trial teams. As of September 2016, the Mock Trial Club has been active at Norwalk High.

Marisa Swanson (’18) and Gabriela Nunez (’18) are presidents of Norwalk High School’s first Mock Trial Club. “Mock trial is an extracurricular activity in which students participate in rehearsed trials where they are able to learn about the legal system in a competitive environment,” informed Swanson.

“I started the club this year after the Lord of the Flies mock trial. Lord of the Flies is a book that we read sophomore year in english class. The teachers presented the students with a case and we took on our given roles. I really wanted to continue with it but there was not a debate club or mock trial at Norwalk High,” stated Swanson. Nunez and Swanson took this opportunity to expand their passion and create their own Mock Trial Club.

Swanson explained, “So far this year, we have laid down the basic structure of how the club is going to be run in the sense that people have a clear understanding of each roles. The first case we chose is on the possession of marijuana due to the uproar on whether or not it should be legalized in all fifty states. Our trial took place the last time the club met and it was a success.”

A member of the club, Maya Goosmann (’19) described why she enjoys Mock Trial Club. “I like the Mock Trial Club because I get to learn a lot about law, and you get to play multiple roles in the court. You get to see different perspectives of everything. It’s really fun, and I’m really looking forward to more trials.”

Both presidents of the Mock Trial Club have great goals for the club. One goal is for members of the club to develop a passion for the court system, as they both have. Nunez added, “The biggest goal we have for the club in the future is to attend the High School National Mock Trial competition in May, whether it be this year or in the following year.”

As of November, there are sixteen students participating in Mock Trial Club and the door is always open for new members to join who are also interested in Law, the Judicial System, or even drama. The club meets every other Tuesday at 2:30 pm in Mr. Von Arter’s room, 108A.

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