Moore Student Named Top Ten Attorney at National Mock Trial Competition
Randi Mattox from Moore High School was named eighth best attorney at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 14-16. An Oklahoma team member has not won this award in nearly 10 years, and more than 400 students competed.
Mattox is a senior and has been participating in the Mock Trial program since her
freshman year. After graduation she will attend Colorado State University, majoring in journalism with plans to go to law school.
The Oklahoma team consisted of 10 students from Moore High School. They competed in four different rounds, each of which were extremely close. The team ultimately did not place in the top 10.
The team advanced to national competition after winning the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Program Championship, sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and Oklahoma Bar Association.
The mock trial program is designed to teach students the principles of trial advocacy as they apply skills of debate, speech and critical thinking during a fictitious courtroom proceeding, with students playing the roles of prosecutor, defense attorney and witness.
At nationals the students tried the fictitious case of Andy Archer v. Detail Security Inc. centering around the tension between a history living security guard and a young re-enactor whose family has a checkered reputation regarding their possession of North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights. Their views collided at the document’s anniversary celebration at which the security guard tased the re-enacter while he was running up a staircase toward a group of VIPs. This was a civil case that involved allegations of battery and negligent hiring.
Mock Trial team members and their coaches are bottom row from left Assistant Coach Gavin Hart, Gabi Glidewell, Jackey Ortiz, Peyton Johnson, Dylan Hestand and top row from left Daniel Lambert, Assistant Coach Ishmael Kissinger, Grant Colquitt, Vanessa Meraz, Randi Mattox, Taylor Fisher, Chason Ratliff, Attorney Coach Charlie Glidewell and Head Teacher Coach Beverly Ferree. Official team photo: Joe Stanley Photos
The judges evaluated the students based on their familiarity of the case and the formulation of their arguments. Students received points for each phase of the trial, opening, direct and cross examination, closing argument and how well their witnesses responded.
Team members who competed at nationals are Grant Colquitt, Taylor Fisher, Gabi Glidewell, Peyton Johnson, Randi Mattox, Vanessa Meraz, Jackey Ortiz, Chason Ratliff, Dylan Hestand and Daniel Lambert.
“Although we did not place, I was thoroughly impressed with this group of young people who worked so hard to prepare for each round,” Mock Trial Coordinator Judy Spencer said. “It is rewarding to see the life skills they gain as part of the experience – self-confidence, speaking ability and teamwork – to name a few. Their character, sportsmanship, dedication and talent were obvious to all. Oklahoma can be proud!"
The OBF bestows annual grants that provide free legal assistance for the poor and elderly, safe haven for the abused, protection and legal assistance for children, public law-related education programs including those for school children and other activities that improve the quality of justice for all Oklahomans. The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.