Fresh off a groundbreaking year of international competition, the Mock Trial team will be launching Season 7 this fall. Team members work closely with two attorney coaches (Kimberly Bourroughs and Chittam Thakore), a host of experts and two teacher coaches (Jason Butler and Lavon Sampson) to learn more about the legal system, master this year's case, practice their roles and prepare for competition against other teams from the metropolitan area.
Under the leadership of senior president Amira Daugherty, last year's squad blazed a trail by competing in the inaugural Empire: Southern Showdown at Atlanta's Omni Hotel alongside teams from 12 states and two countries. Then, at regionals at the DeKalb Courthouse, DECA had another strong showing, highlighted by junior Fatim Kamara and sophomore Camille Grier winning Best Witness awards and Daugherty and junior Jailyn Jackson earning Best Attorney awards. The Dynamic Defenders of DECA also won runner-up honors at the Post-Season Invitational hosted by the legendary Grady Knights. At that event, individual awards were given to Daugherty, Grier, sophomore Zion Netere and freshman Courtney Mattox.
Sponsors: Rodney Mayfield and Lavon Sampson