Gray Stone Mock Trial teams battle at regional event

Published 4:10 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2022

On Feb. 5, the Gray Stone Day School Mock Trial Team competed against seven teams in the 2022 NCAJ High School Mock Trial Regional Competition.

Gastonia Regional Champions, from left, front row, are: Olivia Peterson, Grace Peterson, Jackie Steenwyk, Kinley Burleson, Olivia Marcoccia and Anthony Grimes; back row: Ethan Wilkins, James Moser, Wyatt Smith, Caleb Collins, Bladen Goodman and Wesley Dry. (Contributed)

North Carolina Mock Trial is an academic competition organized by the Carolina Center for Civic Education. It involves students portraying lawyers and witnesses in a simulated criminal or civic trial. Teams are scored by real judges and attorneys based on their knowledge of the law and the ability to think on their feet.

Gray Stone was able to organize two teams totaling 19 members.

The Gastonia Regional Champions include (Team Ancalagon) James Moser, Jackie Steenwyk, Wyatt Smith, Ethan Wilkins, Caleb Collins, Bladen Goodman, Olivia Marcoccia, Kinley Burleson, Anthony Grimes and Grace Peterson.

The Hendersonville Regional Champions (Team Smaug) are Stephanie Varbanov, Trista Gould, Ritika Ravikumar, Guy Thomas, Cameron Taylor, Emberleigh Pauley-Brown, Hunter Josey, Wesley Plyler and Hannan Berg.

Hendersonville Regional Champions, from left front row, are: Hannah Berg, Emberleigh Pauley-Brown, Ritika Ravikumar, Stephanie Varbanov and Hunter Josey; back row: Olivia Peterson, Cameron Taylor, Trista Gould, Wesley Plyer, Guy Thomas, and Wesley Dry. (Contributed)

The following students won Best Attorney: Abby Brown, Jackie Steenwyk, James Moser, Ethan Wilkins, Trista Gould, Stephanie Varbanov, Cameron Taylor and Kensi Bell.

Best Witness awards went to Laynie Friend, James Moser (Round 1 and Round 3), Wesley Plyler and Xavier Browning.

Gray Stone will compete in the state finals March 18-19.