Voss Leads Chicago Christian's Mock Trial Team to Success
Melissa Voss ’11 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois, led Chicago Christian High School’s (CCHS) mock trial team to a third place finish at the Illinois state tournament on March 21.
The mock trial team competes in various synthesized courtroom situations. Given either the position of the defense or the prosecution, the team works together to produce a winning case against an opposing school team.
Voss, a political science major within the pre-law program at Trinity, participated in Chicago Christian’s mock trial team for three years before she graduated from CCHS in 2007. The program helped to cultivate her love for debate and law.
“Mock trial is something different than other school activities. It is not a sport or an academic club, but it is definitely rewarding,” said Voss. “I remember my experiences on the team as a high school student and, as a coach, it is so rewarding to watch everyone figure out what is going on within the case, developing their arguments, and forming their questions.”
Nathan Vis ’07, a political science and communication arts double major now studying law at Valparaiso University School of Law, coached Voss for three years at CCHS.
“Nathan taught me everything I know,” she said.
Roughly 15 students participate in CCHS’s mock trial program each year, and this year’s third place finish at the state tournament was unheralded. Voss looks forward to another great year next year.
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