Mock trial underdogs get a favorable verdict

Shuttleworth said that the mock trial can appeal to students of all interests.

"Even if you're not interested in law, you put a suit and tie on, and the courtroom becomes a kind of sacrosanct place," he said. "The kids realize strengths they didn't know they had, such as researching or public speaking."

Shuttleworth said for the future of the club, he would like to get the drama department involved.

"There is something to be said about body language and inflection," he said.

Shuttleworth said he would like students to know that language means power.

"I would like the students to learn that the words they use and when you choose to use them are useful tools," he said.

Even though Guilderland did not win the competition, Moss said it was still an honor to reach the finals.

"I realized when we won the semifinals that we were making history," he said. "I was just so happy to be there, and we put up a good fight to a team who has a lot of experience."

Moss said that the one thing he would change about the competition is that there would be a trophy or plaque to recognize the club's success.

"I know it's not basketball or anything," he said, "but it would still be nice."

Moss said he thinks mock trial is important because it gives students legal experience.

"Essentially, you become a lawyer. It's really a glimpse of what you can do with your life in high school," he said.

For Moss, that glimpse has made a lasting impression. He said the club made him want a career in law and politics.

"I plan on becoming a lawyer and then possibly an elected official, like a senator," said Moss.


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