West Brook sophomore Gavin Puckett was recognized as Best Witness at the Region Five Texas High School Mock Trial Competition held at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Throughout the preliminary rounds at the competition, each judge chose one best advocate and witness, where Puckett was voted as top witness. “He portrayed the role of defendant, which is the most important witness in the trial. Gavin knew his role and was very clear and concise on his answers even when faced with difficult questions,” said West Brook team adviser Hope Harris-Harrell. “Words cannot express how proud I am of his performance and preparation for the competition. This year's team was awesome.”
Harris-Harrell helped 10 students prepare for the competition at the beginning of the school year. The team was provided information related to a fictional case in October. They had to learn both sides of the case study (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense) and play the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a “mock” trial. Members worked together to learn the facts of the case and create strategies for trial.
According to organizers of the event, the program provides a great way for students to gain an “insider’s view” of the judicial system, confidence speaking in front of others and have a lot of fun at the same time. Former participants said the benefits of preparation and participation in the mock trial program are well worth the time and effort spent.
Puckett will receive a $300 scholarship and be recognized with all Mock Trial award winners at Law Day at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Jefferson County Courthouse.