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Callaway Mock Trial Team Advances to State Bar Championship

January 31, 2019

The Callaway High School Mock Trial team won the Mississippi Bar Regional Mock Trial Competition on January 19. The team has advanced to the Mississippi Bar State Championship and is now one of the top seven teams in the competition. Dr. Brian Grizzell is their teacher-coach. The team's attorney coaches are Kellie Grizzell, Esq.; Candace Gregory Mayberry, Esq.; and Marc Perez, Esq.

Callaway Mock Trial team
Members of the Callaway High School Mock Trial Team are (from right) Justin Nichols, Joi’Dawn Smith, Kristie Moore, Dr. Brian Grizzell, Areianna Reddick, Reign Grizzell, Madison Singleton, Cameron Moore.

The simulated trial was a civil action brought forward by a student-athlete who was hit in the back of the head with a baseball by a rival player. The plaintiff brought forth the case in an attempt to prove willful intent. Members of the team were:

  • Justin Nichols, Plaintiff Attorney
  • Areianna Reddick, Plaintiff Attorney
  • Joi'Dawn Smith, Plaintiff Attorney
  • Madison Singleton, Defense Attorney
  • Cameron Yarber, Defense Attorney
  • Kristie White, Defense Attorney
  • Reign Grizzell, Witness
  • Jaiden Vaughn, Witness,
  • Charlicya Wilson, Timekeeper

At the end of the regional tournament, all six attorneys were ranked Most Effective Attorney and the two witnesses were ranked Most Effective Witness.

Callaway competed against teams representing top high schools in the area such as Brandon High, Madison Central, St. Aloysius, St. Andrews, Holy Cross, and others. Theirs was the only team from a JPS school to compete in the tournament. They received a special invitation from the Mississippi College School of Law to participate in advocacy activities at the Law School.

U.S. Attorney Michael Hurst sponsored the Callaway Mock Trial team. He and U.S. Senator Michael Guest were present to encourage and congratulate them. The team goes back to trial on March 1 and 2.

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