8 Things All Mockers Know To Be True

8 Things All Mockers Know To Be True

"Objection, Hearsay!"

Mock trial is an imitation trial used to teach and develop techniques and theories to be used in real trials. Mock trial is an activity that usually appeals to pre-law or acting/drama majors, but anyone can participate.

Every year college students anxiously wait for a new case to be presented by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), and each team has about six months to prepare their case and present it at regionals – the first official competition. In their preparation, they must develop a strong case theory for both the defense and the plaintiff/prosecution, create compelling witnesses, and brush up on all the rules of evidence.

Mock trial also gives students the opportunity to strengthen their public speaking and critical thinking skills. Both of those skills are very important in whatever field you choose to go in to. Mock trial is an incredible experience and if you are a fellow mocker, you will be able to relate to all of these #MockTrialProblems

1. Mock Trial takes up all of your free time.

Each case contains so much information and if you don’t practice every other day – if not every day – then you aren’t going to be prepared in time for regionals.

2. You probably have started to use legal terms in your everyday life.

In the endless hours of preparation, you have suddenly forgotten how to speak like a normal college student. You will find yourself saying “Objection ________!” or “Sustained!” in your everyday conversations. Everyone around you may not understand it but you do and that’s all that matters.

3. If you aren’t using legal terms out loud, you definitely are using them in your head!

You are sitting in class listening to your professor when suddenly you find yourself making up your own arguments and/or rebuttals in your head. Doing this is perfectly fine in the world of mock trial but anywhere else it becomes a distraction and will lead you astray.

4. You own more professional clothing than your friends not on Mock Trial.

Blazers? Check! Pencil skirts? Check! Slacks? Check! Heels? Check! If you are on a mock trial team these items are a must! However, you don’t just own these items you live in these items. You have probably gotten so accustomed to having to wear these that you actually are beginning to love the business and professional look. The plus side to this is that unlike your peers, you will never have to worry about not having an outfit for an unexpected interview or job opening because you already have everything you need!

5. You get flashbacks to middle school when you have to pass notes to one another during a trial.

Everyone knows that you have to be completely silent during trial if you aren’t on the stand or conducting a direct or cross-examination, but sometimes an amazing idea pops into your head and you must share it with your co-council. You break out the notepad and scribble away having a silent conversation about how to crush opposing council and destroy their argument. Even if you are a witness, you still know everything about the case so you too have found yourself passing notes to your fellow teammates.

6. You hear “Objection Hearsay!” way too much.

No matter what the rules say, you will hear the hearsay objection at least twice every witness. “Your honor, this document contains hearsay under the Midlands Rules of Evidence 801 D2...” This objection is heard so often that the only rules you have memorized are the ones against hearsay.

7. Case changes can literally ruin your entire case.

There are always a number of changes that are made to the case through the year, however, most of those are minor and have little to no effect on your case theory. Then, right before regionals, there is one last case change that ruins everything. Now you have less than a month to come up with a new theory and rewrite all your questions and opening/closing arguments.

8. We all know who Sawyer Shaw and Riley Winter are and what TBD is.

You, like me, have spent these last six months developing these characters and their stories. You also know who Kirby Doolittle is, along with Sky Martin, Vic Fogel, Cary Kramer, Bobbie Lin, and Adrian Edwards. If you don’t know who any of these people are, you’re definitely not a mocker.

If you have ever been a part of a mock trial team you know how true all of these things are. You also know that your team is your family and that even with all the work and time that mock trial takes up, you wouldn't go back and change any of it. Once a mocker, always a mocker.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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It's Time For You High Schoolers To Invest Your Time Into Your Careers

It may seem too early to specialize, but there will be a point where it's too late.


If you're in high school, odds are you're approached by friends, family and more family about your plans after. For many of us, this can mean college. From convincing a college to admit you to convincing them to foot your entire tuition bill, you need to be marketable.

You should start with writing out your resume. Write it specifically oriented towards your career path. My resume, for example, is music themed. If you are anything like younger me, you might have a couple things that fit. I had marching band, concert band, honor band. But the majority might be things you signed up for to round yourself out.

A candidate too well rounded is directionless.

My participation in science club was fun, I will admit. But it didn't do much for me. It didn't teach me leadership, nor cooperation nor did it help with my career path.

High school is a lot more limited a time to both express and market yourself than you might think. Before I knew it, I was sitting in my junior year without much to my musical name.

If you have an extra curricular that you participate in because you enjoy it, you don't have to drop it. If you have developed as a person or as a leader, then it might even be something you can include in your list.

I just want to caution people from getting into the same situation I was in. I spent the first three years essentially of high school to feel out different areas, and this was too much time.

Productive uses of your after school time should be things you talk about when you say what sets you apart from other students in your field. And yes, this means you have to utilize tools outside of your school offerings most of the time.

When I go to apply for college and for musical internships, I plan on listing my participation in Atlanta CV (professional drum corps in DCA), high school marching band and marching band leadership, MAYWE (Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, an auditioned honor band), GYSO (Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra), AYWS (Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony), Youth Bands of Atlanta, county honor band, jazz band, twice state applicant for Governor's Honors Program Music, JanFest music at UGA, the Academy of Science, Research and Medicine (Biotechnology certification and science fair), math bowl and HOSA - Future Health Professionals.

When I go to apply for college and for musical internships, I plan on listing the most relevant activities as well as the ones I've chosen to regardless stick with. Relevant activities in regard to my music major include honor ensembles and marching activities.

My most applicable activities for music include marching bands. I am a contracted baritone marcher of Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps as well as trombone marcher and two year Trombone/Baritone Section Leader for the Pride of Paulding marching band. These show relevancy because these organizations provide rapport as well as the marching activity in itself shows another level of musical capability.

My honor ensembles are relevant likewise because they show higher musical skill and provide some legitimacy to your path. I have been involved in Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, county honor band, jazz band and I was also a Two-Time State Applicant to the Governor's Honors Program.

I plan to also be with the Symphony of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, Youth Bands of Atlanta and JanFest at UGA. Auditions are coming up for each of these and I hope to be considered for membership. These would round out my music application by showing versatility (via orchestra along with wind ensembles) and more time dedication. Both universities and employers value this level of hard work.

Of course, even I on my soapbox have some activities I've stuck with despite it not being directly related to music. Despite this, you can make them relevant by touting your experience with it. I've been an officer and competitor for our chapter of HOSA - Future Health Professionals despite not going into healthcare and I've been certified in Biotechnology through my school The Academy of Science, Research and Medicine despite not going into STEM.

My experiences in biotechnology and healthcare have provided me a round academic experience, more high rigor classes and leadership opportunities. I was co-treasurer of our HOSA chapter and my Magnet school gave me access to more AP classes and the biotechnology classes. Anything can be useful, but the extent is determined by its relevancy.

The vast majority of my activities are both outside of the school and directly related to my career path. Activities such as these can make any student automatically more competitive than an equally academically-standing student.

Finding these activities involve a combination of involving teachers and mentors in your career field as well as self research. Luckily for me, I was able to fairly quickly compile a list of Honor Bands to audition for due to the abundance in the area. My directors also named a few. Most areas should have something at least tangentially-related to your specialization.

Some opportunities require knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time. For example, my involvement in one of my most valuable activity assets, Atlanta CV, was a result of knowing a guy that knew a guy that knew about an opening for the right instrument halfway through spring training.

What I hope readers gain from my story is to start early. I've found myself struggling to meet the market's standards in the last year of high school immediately before applying for college. Specializing would have been more effective a tad bit longer term and I hope others take my heed.

Moving on from high school can be an intimidating process. It's hard to find the right college, and even harder to convince them they want you. Harder still is convincing them to pay for your education. But all this can be made easier by specializing and becoming marketable.

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