ELYRIA — He could be the witness or he could be the attorney, but whatever his role, Simeon Lawrence soon will be known by hundreds of college students across the country.
The former Elyria High School football standout scored another big win in his mock trial career, as he was named an All-American at the National Championship Tournament in Philadelphia this month.
This means his name will be used in the mock case students will study for the fall round of tournaments.
“It’s a super big recognition,” Lawrence said. “The next case, I’ll get my name in it.”
He’s hoping to be one of the witnesses, but any part is an honor.
Lawrence was one of 20 participants to win the award out of 48 teams. His team took 10th place at the championship.
The son of Koneake Lawrence, a sixth-grade science teacher at Northwood Middle School in Elyria, and Anthony Lawrence, a lieutenant at Grafton Correctional Institution, Lawrence grew up on the west side of Elyria near Cascade Park.
A 2016 Elyria High School graduate, Lawrence was recruited by Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, to play football.
But the 20-year-old marketing and business management major also has aspirations to act, which is why he enjoys mock trial so much.
“After winning the All-American, it opened my eyes,” he said. “Your LSAT scores, (grade-point average) and volunteering are all factors that get you into law school. But winning the All-American is another key factor that really pushes that opportunity open for law school. I’m still interested in acting, which is what is so great about mock trial.”
Lawrence said he wishes he was able to participate in EHS’ theater program while he was there, but his football commitments prevented him from doing so.
Playing football in college limits how much time he can devote to mock trial, and the school does not offer a theater program, but he still is able to give it his all in his off time.
He would like to work with Elyria High School on a mock trial program that would help both aspiring attorneys and aspiring actors, he said.
“There is so much talent out of Elyria,” he said. “It really is a mixing pot of different kids. Mock trial has made me a lot more polished and helped me with line memorization and public speaking. I’d love to help bring that to Elyria.”
Lawrence has two more years for football and mock trial at Northwood University, and he plans to continue with both.
After all, the next case that crosses the desks of his mock trial peers will have his name in it.
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