AVAS Student Wins Constitutional Rights Foundation Award

December 20, 2022

Antelope Valley Adventist School

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AVAS Student Wins Best Witness Performance in Mock Trial


Congratulations Riley Smith, seventh-grade student, for winning Best Witness Performance in Mock Trial out of all Los Angeles County middle schools. 

The Los Angeles Mock Trial Program is an academic competition in which over 2,500 high school and middle school students compete at the county level. Student teams study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedures and trial preparation. The trial itself is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system while developing their analytical abilities and communication skills.

Out of the hundreds of students that participated in the same role as Riley—the role of Billie Scher, victim of the crime—she achieved the huge accomplishment of winning! Since the awardees and their school names are published on the Constitutional Rights Foundation site every year, Riley helped place AVAS on the map!