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Carmel Magazine, spring 2018

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Carmel High's Winning Mock Trial Team B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D A nyone who still thinks of high school-age kids as smartphone-obsessed layabouts has never seen Carmel High School's Mock Trial team in action. Team coach William Schrier was a federal prosecutor in New York before pivoting into a teaching career at Carmel High. He's been helming the team for 13 years and says of his charges, "They dignify the profession in a way I wish some actual attorneys would." Mock Trial is an exercise in which teams are given details of an actual case, arguing their case in front of a sitting judge. In 2016, Carmel High took top place at the Empire Mock Trial World Championship and finished in the top 10 this year. "I was pleased by what this team accom- plished," Schrier says. "They worked really hard." And that's what it's all about. "They get an appreciation for the beauty of hard work and doing one's best without the reward of a grade," he explains. Two team alumni have pursued law careers, but that's not really the point of Mock Trial. "This has given my high school career guid- ance and structure and some purpose deeper than my own individual pursuits," says 2017 Team President Becca Goren. The winning 2017 Mock Trial is online at SHORTCUTS NEIGHBORS Teacher/coach Joe McCarty (left) and teacher/attorney coach Bill Schrier (right) proudly pose with their award-winning Carmel High mock trial team. 72 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 Photo: Kelli Uldall

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