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Jonesboro Mock Trial team heads to state

JONESBORO — After defeating five other schools in a district contest Saturday, members of Jonesboro Mock Trial team is headed to state competition in Lawrenceville next month.

Again.

The school has made a name for itself honing the skills of talented, legal-minded students and that tradition continues this year.

The team will face seven other teams for the state title March 15 at Gwinnett Justice Center.

Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Kathryn “Katie” Powers was on the Jonesboro state championship team as a student in 2001 and 2002. Now an attorney, she is one of several coaches of kids who have come after her.

Other coaches include teachers Andrew and Anna Cox, and Clayton County State Court Chief Judge John Carbo and State Court Judge Linda Cowen.

More than a dozen years after her first win, Powers gets as pumped as the students do after coming out on top.

“We won,” she said Monday. “We won Saturday and are going to state competition in March. The kids are super excited for the next level.”

The Jonesboro team took on Elite Scholars Academy, Newton High School, Grovetown High School in Augusta, Eastside High School and North Clayton High School. The students competed at Clayton County Courthouse, using the same courtrooms Powers and attorneys like her do every day.

Several students took individual honors Saturday, including Taylah Cash and Kennedy Jones for their roles as attorneys and Erin Toole for outstanding witness.

Powers said the next three weeks leading to state competition will consist of intense practice.

“We’re going to continue to work hard the next three weeks,” she said. “Hopefully, we will make a good showing and return as state champions.”