CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional North Mock Trial team won second place at the sixth Municipal District’s Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 15 at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.
The team will go on to compete against 40 other high schools throughout the state in a two-day competition Saturday and Sunday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Illinois State Bar Association supports this program as a way for students to increase their knowledge of the judicial system by learning how to prepare and present a legal case, improve their oral, research, writing and team building skills, and learn good citizenship. Through the program, students act as expert witnesses, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in simulated court cases judged by actual Illinois judges and attorneys.
Superintendent Creg E. Williams suggested the mock trial program offers students the opportunity to learn interdisciplinary skills in problem solving, creative thinking, writing, reading, and the performing arts.
T.F. North Principal Dwayne Evans pointed out that while some of the students who participate on the mock team want to attend law school, others want to improve their public speaking skills and self-confidence.
“The students on our mock trial team are quite talented," Evans said. “I am confident that these students will have bright futures in the legal profession or any other profession they choose to pursue.”