Two Zachary High School teams competed in the 2016 Richard N. Ware IV State High School Mock Trial competition held Feb. 26-27 at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge.
The ZHS team of underclassmen had two wins and one loss in the mock trials, advancing to the quarterfinal round while the ZHS senior team went 5-0 in the competition, defeating a team from Baton Rouge Magnet in the semifinal round as well as a team from West Feliciana High School in the finals.
Both Zachary teams advanced to compete in the Louisiana School Board Association’s state mock trials on Saturday with regional champions and runner-up teams from each of the state’s four mock trial regions.
Zachary teacher-coach Chris Staggs said the win marks the third consecutive regional championship for the ZHS mock trial program as well as the fourth trip to the state tournament and sixth appearance since 2006. Zachary also won the LSBA state mock trials in 2013 and finished as the state runner-up in 2009 and 2014.
Organized by the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation, the Mock Trials include three rounds of competition on the first day, with winning teams advancing to the final two rounds on the second day.
Students prepare a hypothetical case for both the prosecution and the defense to present in court and are judged by a mock jury.
Other teams that competed recently were from Baton Rouge, Belaire, Catholic, Central, Donaldsonville, Episcopal, Franklinton, Loranger, Mentorship Academy, Scotlandville Magnet, West Feliciana and Southern University Lab high schools.