Grady HS Mock Trial Team captures 15th regional championship

Grady High School’s award-winning Mock Trial Team won its 15th regional championship earlier this month in a competition round with North Springs Charter School.

The team will compete in the state championship competition in mid-March in Lawrenceville, involving 17 other regional champions and 2 wildcard teams.

This recent victory was the 14th consecutive regional championship for Grady and the 15th regional win in the team’s 16 year history.

The Grady team captured 6th place at the Empire City Mock Trial Association International tournament held in New York City last October and took 1st place in the international meet the year before.  The team also earned the Georgia State Mock Trial Championship state title for the third consecutive year in 2011.

The competition involves reenacting a trial, complete with prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants and witnesses before a panel of professional attorneys and judges.

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Awards

In 2000 Grady received a Commendation from Governor Roy Barnes for their State Championship and placement at Nationals.

In 2005 & in 2008 the Grady Team received the Phoenix Award – the City of Atlanta’s Highest Award

Coaches

* 1996 – Present Carl Gebo served as Head Attorney Coach
* 1999 – 2008 Larry McCurdy served as Teacher Coach
* 2000- Carl Gebo named Outstanding Attorney Coach of the Year* by State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition
* 2005- Larry McCurdy named Outstanding Teacher Coach of the Year* by State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, Georgia High School Mock Trial Competiton
* 2009- Brian Leahy becomes Teacher Coach and Cecily McCleod joins as Attorney Coach
* 2009-  Jay Patton named Outstanding Attorney Coach of the Year by State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition
* 2010- Trinh Huynh named Outstanding Attorney Coach of the Year by State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition

** Carl Gebo was also nominated as Attorney Coach of the Year in 2005 but Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition’s policy prevented awarding that honor to him more than once in his life. Teacher Coach of the Year Awards likewise may only be awarded to a recipient once in their life.)

Relationships with Law Firms

* 1995 Grady High School Mock Trial Program established. Sponsored by the law firm of Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy, Lou Sartor served as the team’s first Teacher Coach.  Chris Galanek and Carl Gebo, both Powell Goldstein attorneys served as the team’s first Attorney Coaches.
* 1995 – 2007 Powell Goldstein sponsored Grady High School Mock Trial
* 2008 – 2010 Alston & Bird LLP sponsored Grady High School Mock Trial
* 2010 – 2011 Horne & Gebo LLC  and sponsored Grady High School Mock Trial; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP hosted the team’s practices

Team Accomplishments

* Metro-Atlanta / Fulton County Regional Championships Won in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* Georgia High School Mock Trial State Semi-Finalist in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* Georgia High School Mock Trial State Finalist in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* Georgia High School Mock Trial State Championships Won in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* National High School Mock Trial Championship Placements in 2000 – 13th; in 2005 – 16th; in 2009 – 8th; in 2010 – 3rd
* World Championships Won   – Empire State International Invitational High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament in 2010 — World Champion

Student Achievements
— Three Grady Student Witnesses have won Outstanding Student Witness Awards in every round of the Regional and State Competition in which they competed in a season — Sean Corley, Asa Beal and Hannah Mitchell.
— One Grady Student Attorney has won an Outstanding Student Attorney award in every round of the Regional and State Competition in which they competed in a season – Matthews Westmoreland.
— In 2005, first-year student Lardycia Manns was a “substitute timekeeper” at the Regional Competition and a starting timekeeper at the State Championships.  6 weeks later she competed as a starting student attorney for Grady at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Charlotte, NC.
— At the 2009 National High School Championships held in Atlanta, GA, Gus Rick was one of only 3 student witnesses at that competition to be named an Outstanding Witness.  To achieve that honor Gus had to be named the Outstanding Witness in at least 3 of the 4 rounds of competition.
— On the 2010 World Championship team — 3 of the 6 competing student attorneys had never competed before as attorneys.  And 4 of the 6 competing student witnesses had never competed before as witnesses.
— At the 2010 Empire World Championship Shaun Kleber was the only student to win an Outstanding Student Attorney Award AND an Outstanding Student Witness Award
— At the 2010 Empire World Championship Elizabeth McGlamry received the New York City’s Finest Award naming her the Most Outstanding Student Attorney in the World

Interesting Facts

Grady HS Mock Trial Teams have participated in the closest State Semi-Final and Final Rounds in the history of Georgia High School Mock Trial State championships.

In 1998, Grady advanced to the Regional Championship Round but lost to the Paideia School.

In 1999, Grady faced Clarke Central High School in the State Final Round.  The two teams each won one room and won equal numbers of ballots across both rooms.  The tie-breaker was total points and Clarke Central had scored 33 points more than Grady out of a possible 2,640 total points — a 1.25% point differential. Clarke Central went on to win the National High School Mock Trial Championship in 1999.

In 2004, Grady faced Clarke Central High School in the State Semi-Final Round.  The two teams each won one room and won equal numbers of ballots across both rooms.  The total point tie-breaker went to Clarke Central by 6 points out of a total possible 1200 points — a 0.50% point differential.  Clarke Central went onto win the State Championship in 2004.

In 2008, Grady faced Jonesboro High School in the State Final Round.  Once again the two teams each won one room and won equal numbers of ballots across both rooms.  This time, the tie-breaker favored Jonesboro, but by only 4 points — a 0.15% point differential.  Jonesboro went onto win its second consecutive National Championship in 2008.

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