WHS Student Wins Courtroom Artist National Champion
Wylie High School senior, Molly Wu, recently traveled to Reno, Nevada to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship (NHSMTC). After competing against 49 other state champions in the sketch artist division of the competition, Wu was awarded NHSMTC Courtroom Artist National Champion.
Wu’s journey to the nationals began after winning first place in the 39th annual Mock Trial State Championship held at the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building in Dallas. The mock trial program was established in 1979 and is organized by a committee with the Dallas Bar Association. Mock trial teams studied both sides of hypothetical court cases, then acted as both attorneys and witnesses while being judged. Each team had one courtroom artist who drew scenes during the trial. After the sketches were scored by judges, Wu received the highest overall score making her the state champion. She continued on to the national championship where her talent as an artist shined once again.
Wu said, “I knew who the competition was, the winner from last year, and when I heard her name called as second, I knew I had won.” Wu’s mock trial coach and English teacher, Cindy Anderson, has been by her side during this incredible journey and couldn’t be more proud. Describing the winning moment, Anderson said, “When they called her name as the winner, and she began her walk up to the stage, the entire crowd began chanting ‘Molly! Molly! Molly!’ It was so amazing.”
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CINDY ANDERSON