TKA’s Angie Lares Wins Award At Harvard

TKA Senior Angie Lares.

The King’s Academy’s Mock Trial team recently traveled to Harvard University to attend the Angela R. Mathew High School Seminars Program presented by the university’s Mock Trial Association.

Students learned advanced skills on how to present a case from National and All-American members of the Harvard Mock Trial Association. The team of eight participated in six lectures presented by Harvard Mock Trial students. Between lectures, students worked with representatives from Harvard to prepare a case on comparative negligence. They had the opportunity to observe various demo rounds from National and All-American Mock Trial team members and toured historic Harvard Yard.

At the conclusion of the training, students competed in a scrimmage round where TKA senior Angie Lares of Wellington won the highest recognition of the round, the Outstanding Attorney Award.

“This was a high-level academic experience where our students were challenged to reason through complex case problems, think on their feet, and work as a team. The training we received from the Harvard Mock Trial Association will benefit our team as we prepare for competition at the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in February,” said Denise C. Brown, director of the O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies Program at TKA.

TKA’s Mock Trial team is part of the newly named O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies Program in recognition of a $1 million donation to endow its pre-law program. The O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies Program creatively engages students in rigorous academic dialogue to develop critical thinking and communication skills.