Loranger High School’s Mock Trial Team, coached by Ms. Tyra Starkey, competed in the Louisiana Mock Trial Competition this past Friday and Saturday. The team won the Region 3 Championship Title and will be competing in the state competition in Gonzales on March 21.
The district’s only team began as a part of the LHS Debate Club. Loranger has entered the Mock Trial competition with 1-2 teams for the past 7 years. Ms. Starkey says, “The students’ skills have increased throughout the years, as they have developed as stronger attorneys and witnesses.” The students are given a “mock” trial case and are tasked with arguing both the prosecution and defense sides. Competitors must learn to lay a foundation of the casel, perform opening and closing statements, examine and cross-examine witnesses, present witness testimonies, and raise and argue objections. Roger Robertson, team #1 captain, reports practicing 5-6 days a week in the months leading up to the competition.
The team begins preparing in November of the year prior to competition. Ms. Starkey recruits several attorneys from the 21st JDC to assist with case preparation. This year, practices culminated with a “run through” at the 21st Judicial District Courthouse.
Pictured above is the Championship Team
with members of the Baton Rouge Bar Association(2 left and 3 right):
L to R: Jalon Lloyd, Jason Lewis, Roger Robertson, Isabella Granderson, Ms. Tyra Starkey, Brianna Bankston, Ethan Howell, Hannah Habisreitinger, and Thenia Perkins