Farragut High School’s Mock Trial Blue Team recently took home first place, and its Gray Team placed second in the district Mock Trial tournament in the City County Building in Knoxville, with the final round at Lincoln Memorial University Law School in Knoxville Sunday, Feb. 18.
“I’m really excited because we didn’t think it was possible to have teams from the same school win both first and second place,” said Hannah Taylor, an FHS senior and Mock Trial president. “Both first- and second-place get to move on to the state competition. That means every single person that’s part of the Mock Trial gets to go to state.”
“We believed in our team, of course, but we just didn’t think it was possible for both teams to go,” said Vaishnavi Tathineni, also a senior and vice president of Mock Trial.
“Mock Trial is an academic competition in which students serve as legal trial attorneys and witnesses presenting a legal case to a judge and jury consisting of local attorneys and judges,” said Nick Armes, a local attorney with the Legal Aid Society who is coaching FHS’ Mock Trial teams.
When Farragut High School senior Alice Liu graduates in May, she will leave behind a legacy as a National Honor Society Scholarship recipient and as a student of volunteer service.
“It kind of felt like, ‘wow, everything I’ve done, it’s accumulated to this award, especially all the little successes that we’ve had in National Honor Society (at FHS) and the little things I’ve done for the school and for the clubs that I’m in,’” Liu said about her initial reaction upon receiving the news. “It just felt like ‘OK, now I’m being recognized for my commitment to the pillars of National Honor Society — scholarship, leadership, character, service, all that’ — so, it felt really great.”
“I really encourage these kids” to apply for the scholarship, said Allison Maldonado, world languages teacher who is an NHS co-faculty sponsor. “This year, from Farragut, we had a lot of applicants apply.
“She’s a student who not only takes rigorous classes of (Advanced Placement), but she also takes classes for enjoyment, which I love,” Maldonado added about Liu. “She’s a tremendous artist and a real academician.
“She sits in class, and she pays attention all the time. She asks questions for clarification, and she’s incredibly humble, which is also super-nice.”