Sheila Tume received individual honors for her efforts

The Lake Highlands High School mock trial team earned a chance to compete in the state finals after a strong performance at regionals. Over two weekends in February, the team traveled to the George Allen Courthouse downtown to battle 32 schools in Region 10, litigating the real-life case of the Fyre Festival. Fyre was the mega concert in the Bahamas billed as “a transformative experience.” Guests who paid up to $100,000 said they were duped by promoters.

In addition to the state bid, team members Sheila Tume and Loretta David were singled out for individual recognition. Tume received All-Regional Honorable Mention for Best Witness, and David won All-District Honorable Mention for Best Attorney.

The LHHS mock trial team is led by captains Angela Landry and Daniel Watson and junior captain Loretta David. The three serve as attorneys on the team with Sheila Tume. Witnesses on the team are Sheila Tume, Will Donnell, Zoe Rose, Nick Landry and Olivia Fawkes. Local attorney Kim Elkjer is the team’s coach, and Casey Boland is their teacher sponsor.

Current 8-11th graders who enjoy arguing, acting and/or public speaking are invited to join mock trial for the spring novice tournament. Contact kimelkjer@gmail.com or Catherine.boland@risd.org for more information.

Mock trial team (l to r): Olivia Fawkes, Zoe Rose, Daniel Watson, Nick Landry, Loretta David, Sheila Tume, Will Donnell, Angela Landry and Coach Kim Elkjer