Please describe how academic engagement has played a role in your life in high school. (250 words or less)
“Objection!” I demand, rising from my chair. The judge looks up at me. “Basis?” he questions. I look him in the eye and put on my best Law and Order lawyer face before confidently responding, “Leading the witness.”
“Hmmm,” he says, “Sustained.” I sit down, relieved, ready to make sure the opposing lawyer doesn’t try any more tricks.
When I started high school, I had a long list of clubs I was interested in joining. Mock Trial was certainly not one of them. But when sophomore year rolled around and I heard they needed new members, I decided to give it a shot.
Little did I know, Mock Trial is much more than simply going to a courthouse and arguing a case after school. Between the hours spent on memorizing statements, writing closing arguments, practicing objections, and preparing witnesses, the workload is like taking a separate class. However, it quickly became ingrained into who I am. After my first time in court, I discovered public speaking and presenting wasn’t so bad. I learned to think quickly and intelligently defend my thoughts. I saw the importance in standing up and fighting for something I believed in. This year, I have the honor of being Mock Trial team captain. Although I’m not sure yet if I would like to pursue a career in law, the critical reasoning and communication skills have served me well outside of class in high school, and will continue to in my future. No objections about that!