Springfield Middle School's Mock Trial Team has repeated as S.C. Mock Trial champs.
The team, which won the regional competition last week, defeated North Myrtle Beach Middle School and eight other schools from across the state.
The competition was held at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington last Saturday. Each school was given three rounds. In round one, Springfield's Gretchen Hall won the Most Effective Lawyer Award. In round two, classmate Hollie Credit won the Most Effective Lawyer Award. Another Springfield student, Jessica Tyson, won the Most Effective Witness Award. Hall won the Most Effective Lawyer Award again in the final round.
Springfield's was "One of the most technically correct cases that I have seen in all of my years listening to mock trial cases," according to the contest judge.
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In the championship round, Springfield had a rematch with North Myrtle Beach. The two teams also competed for the 2007 championship.
"You have an unbelievable ability to do cross examinations," the judge told Springfield student Jessica Tucke.
"Jessica Tucker and Emma Thiria did a great job," coach Juanita Sanders said.
"The win is a result of hard work by the team. This year's team was made up of high level thinkers and it showed. "I am very proud of their success," said teacher Faye Tucker, also a coach.
Andrew Merk participated on both the 2007 and the 2008 championship teams.
"I really enjoyed participating in the mock trial program both years," he said. "I wouldn't trade my experience for the world, but we couldn't have done any of it without our attorney and teacher coaches."