“Humans of Sacred Heart” – Annabelle Hartch ’21

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Why did you choose to become involved in Mock Trial?

“I chose to become involved with Mock Trial in my freshman year at Sacred Heart.  I was first introduced to Mock Trial at the club fair in which the former club heads explained it was a fun way to learn about the legal process.  I have an interest in United States History, and thus, the United States legal system.  Additionally, I believe it is very important for citizens to be informed in regard to their rights.  Finally, my father has his law degree and my grandfather is a practicing lawyer.  They have always fondly related their times in courtroom settings and I thought mock trial would be a fun way to become familiar with their line of work and our country.” 

What do members learn from their work in the Mock Trial Club? 

“In Mock Trial, members learn all about how a civil case works.  Given a long case to read and examine, we split into defense and plaintiff teams of three witnesses and three lawyers.  We work on direct questioning, cross-examination, openings, closings, evidence, and objections.  We will compete against other schools in a real courtroom in December.  In addition to learning about the ins and outs of a civil case, members will learn public speaking skills and quick critical thinking skills.  It is a great way to not only get familiar with the legal process but also build presentation skills and effective debate tactics.” 

What do you like most about the club?

“I personally, love the competitions.  It is when all our hard work pays off.  Although it may not originally seem exciting, proving you are correct and manipulating a document to your purposes is fun.  We travel to a working courtroom and put on our performance, watch other Mock Trial cases go on, and eat lunch as a team.  Our team is so fun and my fellow captains Lily Santangelo and Eloise Moulton are the best, which makes every meeting and competition that much more enjoyable.”

The King Street Chronicle thanks junior Annabelle Hartch ’21 for her contributions to “Humans of Sacred Heart.” 

Photo by Sofia Pye ’21