Creekview High School, of Carrollton, won the 39th annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Bar Association.

Carrollton’s Creekview High School won first at the 39th annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, marking a repeat from last year and their fifth championship in the past six years.

The competition took place March 3 at the George Allen, Sr. Courthouse in Dallas and brought more than 25 high schools to argue a hypothetical civil court case written by local attorneys from the Dallas Bar Association.

Students took on the roles of prosecutors and defense attorneys while the jurors were composed of real judges and lawyers who selected the teams that best demonstrated presentation skills.

The other top schools of this year’s competition were second place winners One Day Academy, of Austin; and Covenant Classical School, of Fort Worth, and the Law Magnet of Dallas, who were both semi-finalists.

Creekview High will represent the state at the 2018 National High School Mock Trial Competition in Reno, Nevada, May 10-12.

The DBA has sponsored and coordinated the competition since it began in the 1970s with a focus on educating high school students on the justice system and how the law is applied, honing critical thinking and quick analysis through exercises, preparation, and presentation. Since its inception, the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition has drawn more than 120,000 participants and has awarded $300,000 in scholarships.

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