CTEC Mock Trial Team to Compete at State

Feb 15, 2022

2021-22 Mock Trial Team to StateFor the second year in a row, the Career and Technical Education Center Mock Trial Team is headed to the Texas High School Mock Trial State Championships! Made up of a dozen students from across the District, the team represents the power of student collaboration across Frisco ISD.

The team advanced to the championships with two unanimous 5-0 decisions in the semifinal and final round in February. The students in Benjamin Ewald’s CTEC Mock Trial team are one of three teams that will represent Region 10 and one of 24 teams that will compete at state. 

Watch the Mock Trial Team learn they advanced to state.

The team starts try-outs and practice in September each year in preparation for the state case released in October. From October until February, the team practices and competes against teams from around Dallas-Fort Worth in preparation for the Region 10 competition. This includes weekly preparation meetings and numerous scrimmage matches.

The competition entails representing either the prosecution or defense in a provided case. Three attorneys and three witnesses represent each school’s side. Each attorney has the opportunity to directly examine one of the witnesses and cross-examine one witness from the other team. Rounds are competitive and can take several hours, depending on how many objections are made.

At the conclusion, each match has three scoring judges who score their ballot to determine the winner of each match. 

The CTEC Mock Trial Team now moves on to the state championship tournament hosted by the Dallas Bar Association in early March. 

“I am very proud of this group of students,” Ewald said. “Back-to-back trips to the state championship tournament is not an easy accomplishment in our region. 

“We are the only public school in our region the last two years to earn one of the three bids. This year we also went undefeated and collected a perfect 19 ballots as well.”

The state championships will be held in Dallas at the George Allen Courts Building, where the teams will compete to represent Texas in the National Championships in May, as hosted by the State Bar of Michigan.

Congratulations to all of the students moving forward to state, including attorneys, witnesses and timekeepers. Best of luck in the next round of competition!

  • Wakeland Senior Nikitha Bolla

  • Wakeland Junior Ava Boswell     

  • Wakeland Senior Kate Gable

  • Independence Senior Diksha Krishna 

  • Independence Junior Nivy Manikandan

  • Wakeland Freshman Avishi Pandya  

  • Centennial Senior Prisha Mehta 

  • Memorial Junior Jackson Price 

  • Centennial Senior Adhithi Ramprakash

  • Reedy Sophomore Gisela Figuerola Riveira 

  • Heritage Freshman Kishen Sargur

  • Liberty Sophomore Maya Silberman

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