Signal Mountain High students place in District Mock Trial Competition


Signal Mountain High School is the champion in the Chattanooga District for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial competition, for the third year in the row.

For the first time, Signal Mountain High School had two teams in the competition.

The championship team was Signal Mountain Black, comprised of students: Ethan Fell, Tehreem Hussain, Luke Whitney, Jack Poss, Ryan McGregor, Camilla Mincey, David Cornea, Caroline Cornett, Meredith Bennett, Maggie Meller, George Andreescu and Max Burk.

Student George Andreescu was awarded best witness for the match.

The second team, Signal Mountain Red, finished third in the competition after a loss in the finals, but held high enough scores to keep a hold of third place throughout the remainder of the competition.

The Signal Mountain Red competitors are: Emma Wu, Megan Hanson, Abby Frank, May Mon, Claire Lynch, Lainey Jenkins, Yoonie Yang, Hannah Morton, Carson Bock, Sean Goggins, and Camille Schmied.

Best attorney was named Emma Wu and Claire Lynch was awarded best witness for the match.

The Chattanooga district competition had an all time high of competitors with 20 teams competing.

After three preliminary rounds, the two Signal Mountain teams were the only undefeated teams heading into the finals.

The Signal Mountain teams won three of the four possible awards for best attorney and witness in the preliminary rounds.

In the preliminary rounds, Ethan Fell from the Signal Mountain Black team won best attorney for a round, from the Signal Mountain Red team student Carson Bock was selected for the best attorney award, and Camille Schmied for best witness.

Mock trial is an extracurricular program in which students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system.

The Signal Mountain High Mock Trial coaches are James Brooks, Scott Bennett, Tracy Cox, and Charlie Poss.

The faculty representative is Lorrie Whitney.