Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mock Trial

Well, as we come to the end of another school year, it's nice to look back at all we have learned. Challenge B was "challenging" but Joshua is glad he was able to be a part of the class. Although he was stretched beyond comfort and at times felt like he was being put into the fire, the experiences and knowledge gained shine like little golden nuggets. Lord, I pray that we never waste the opportunities you give us to learn more about you and the world you created. Thank you for blessing the work of our hands. (and minds!)

One of the things Joshua got to experience this year was participating in a Mock Trial. The class spent 15 weeks working on the trial. They each were assigned a part (character) in the trial. It was a murder case and the wife of the deceased was the main suspect. The trial was held at a court house with a judge (who is a defense attorney in real life) and a small panel of jurors. All the local Challenge B classes compete against each other. Joshua was a defense attorney. He had to do the opening statement and a cross examination of one of the witnesses. Even though their class lost in the first round, it was amazing to see the kids actually conducting a trial! The judge said he was blown away by what he saw and that if this was the future of the judicial system then we would be in great hands. He also said that he was seriously going to consider home schooling as an option for his children. WOW!

Click here to see some pictures.

Look at that tired face... It was about 10:30 by the time we got home. (the trial lasted about 3hrs!) Then I suddenly realized that I didn't have any pictures of Joshua by himself. He was not very happy with me about having to take more pictures (especially because he had already changed clothes!)... but he did manage to squeeze out a few last smiles!!! (well, with some coaxing) :0)

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