• Lumpkin County High School Mock Trial Team members pictured (from left) attorney coach J. Roger Palmour, Jorge Romero, Santiago Calatayud, Sam Crocker, Kaitlyn Pickelsimer, Emmaline Cunningham, Mckinley Johnson, Rachel Gaston, Branden Alewine, Jacob Hopkins, Thomas Nilsen, Brianne Anderson, Rachel Stewart, Najja Hughey, Casey Warren, and teacher coach Elizabeth House (not pictured: Elizabeth Harwood and attorney coaches Robyn Adams and Penny Hunter.)

Mock Trial Team wins awards at Region


The Lumpkin County High School Mock Trial Team walked away with four Outstanding Witness awards from the Regional Competition held earlier this year. 

The Mock Trial Team, under the sponsorship and direction of local attorneys J. Roger Palmour, Robyn Adams, Penny Hunter and LCHS teacher Elizabeth House, competed against much larger high schools such as North Gwinnett, Cambridge, Lambert, and several from Forsyth County.

In the Mock Trial program, team members play the roles of attorneys and witnesses from a case prepared each year by the State Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Division. 

The team prepares the plaintiff and defense sides of a case and the competition trial includes opening statements from each side, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and closing arguments from each side. 

Student attorneys can make objections throughout the trial on anything from admissibility of evidence, to hearsay. 

Student witnesses developed their characters in a believable fashion and avoid impeachment during cross examination.

The LCHS Mock Trial team was led this year by seniors Rachel Gaston, Elizabeth Harwood, Jacob Hopkins, and Kaitlyn Pickelsimer. Other team members included Brianne Anderson, Branden Alewine, Santiago Calatayud, Samuel Crocker, Emmaline Cunningham, Najja Hughey, Mckinley Johnson, Thomas Nilsen, Jorge Romero and timekeepers Rachel Stewart and Casey Warren.

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