Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Savannah Arts Academy 4-Peat Region 14 Mock Trial Champs!

Published on: 2/6/2019

​On Saturday February 2nd, 2019.  The Savannah Arts Academy Mock Trial Team won the Region 14 (Savannah) Mock Trial Competition held at the Chatham County Courthouse.  The team defeated Greenbrier High School (Augusta) in the final round of competition. The team also defeated Habersham County, Islands High, Clinch County and Country Day among others). SAA claimed the region title for the fourth straight year. 


The entire team performed exceptionally well in the region competition.  The following students were selected for individual Awards.  Best witness Awards:  Gabbrielle Rilley in both rounds 1 and 2.  Sara Bass and Emma Madsen both claimed best witness awards in the final round.  Best Attorney Awards:  Isabel Stafford Round 1 and Alexis Williamson Rounds 1, 2, and final.  Alexis swept the individual awards winning in every round of competition.  Alexis and Isabel have never lost a region competition in their 4 years of participation in the Mock Trial Competition.  The two adults in the picture above are the Attorney Coaches for SAA, Richard Sanders and Joe Huffman.  The team owes their success to these two who have sacrificed countless hours of time to provide these students with an introduction to litigation.  


This is the youngest team the Savannah Arts Academy has ever taken into competition.  The performance squads consisted of just 2 seniors and one junior.  The remaining team members were all Freshmen and Sophomores.   The team moved on to compete for the District title on February 23rd at the Bibb County Courthouse in Macon, Georgia.  Though they did not move on from that competition, the future looks bright for this team! A huge thank you to Mr. John Lynah, SAA’s Mock Trial Sponsor.

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