FISD mock trial team heads to state


Ava Boswell

For the third year in a row, the CTE Center Mock Trial team is headed to state competition after competing in regionals. The team is headed to state competition on Friday.

Emily Thomas, Staff Reporter

The Frisco ISD mock trial team is hoping the scales of justice tip in their favor at the Friday and Saturday’s state competition at the George Allen Courthouse in Dallas.

“It is always great to earn a bid to the state championships,” mock trial teacher/coach Ben Ewald said. “Region X is usually the largest and most difficult region in Texas to win. The students have put in 100’s of hours of work and it has paid off.”

Among the 10 students on the team are two Redhawks: junior Maya Silberman, and sophomore Christine Han. 

“We just keep doing what we’re doing.” Silberman said. “Attorneys have called with our witnesses and worked on direct examinations, and we’ve kept up with weekly practices to stay sharp and make sure we maintain our content.”

This is the team’s third consecutive year advancing to state, and according to Silberman, the team is ready. 

“We prepare as much as we can, but there are always curveballs that we have to be ready for,” she said. “However we have really strong students in all our witness spots this year, and they’ve worked super hard on preparing their character and reviewing their material.”

Entering the state competition as regional champions, Ewald is confident the team will surpass last year’s second place finish. 

“This is our third straight year to be Region X champions,”  Ewald said. “Students who have been on the team really shouldn’t feel any added pressure. 1st year competitors may feel differently. The only pressure would come from the fact that we were runners-up last year at state and we plan to win it this year.”