By: Sabrina Bhargava
On Thursday, January 28 at 8am, 7 students -who collectively make up Imagine’s Youth and Government Mock Trial team- piled onto an already-crammed bus. The destination? The 69th annual Texas Youth and Government State conference in Austin, Texas. Approximately 30 Imagine high school students attended the 3-day conference in total, the majority of them being in the Legislative section of Youth and Government.
Hold on, let’s backtrack for a minute. Here’s a description of Youth and Government. The club, hosted by the YMCA, aims to show students a better understanding of the inner-workings of the American government. Imagine’s Youth and Government chapter hosts 4 sections: Legislative, Mock Trial, Model UN and Media. Students in Legislative write their own bills, present them in a mock House of Representatives and try to get them passed through the House and Senate. It is an individual competition, and students have the opportunity to win Distinguished Delegate awards. Mock Trial students work as a team, of 9 students total: 1 judge, 3 attorneys and 5 witnesses. This year, 2 students from Boyd High School competed with the Imagine team. Model UN students have conferences about foreign affairs, with each delegate representing the interests of a specific country. The Media team takes videos and photos.
This is Imagine Mock Trial’s second year competing in the state conference. After winning 1st place at the district competition last year, they advanced to state and ended up in 22nd place. This year, however, the team came home with a much more prestigious honor- 1st place in county court! This means the team will get to advance to the national competition in Chicago at the end of the summer, something no Imagine students have had the opportunity to do in the past!
Their advisors, Mrs. Bal (who previously taught at Imagine and has 3 sons in the Youth and Government program) and Mrs. Miller (an attorney who coaches the team) had only good things to say. Says Mrs. Bal, “I could not be more proud of this great group of kids. Their hard work has paid off and I am looking forward to seeing them outdo themselves at Nationals!” Mrs. Miller was similarly enthusiastic. “This is a very talented group of young litigators! It has been an honor and privilege to work with this team this year. I cannot wait to see these amazing students continue to shine.”
It looks like we might have some future lawyers here at Imagine, so if you need some legal counsel, these are the kids to call!
Thanks for reading!