Gladiator showcases the top high school mock trial competitors in the world and, since 2015, has hosted 300-plus competitors from 25 states and 5 countries. These high school students represent institutions that have won county, state, and national championships but here's the wrinkle: instead of a team contest, this is a one-on-one competition. While teammates, coaches, and family can help the young person prepare, once he or she enters the courtroom, there is no co-counsel. Each competitor is competing against everyone else. What's at stake? The very distinctive trophy: a life--size replica Gladiator helmet and the title of Best in the World. Collectively, these high school mock trial Gladiators have won more than 500 attorney and witness awards.
Here is how the Gladiator process works: Each trial features two attorneys (one per side) and two witnesses (one per side), and the judge and jury score everything head-to-head. The two attorneys are compared to one another, and the two witnesses are compared to one another. There are four rounds during which each Gladiator performs each role once: prosecutor, defense attorney, prosecution witness, and defense witness. Ranking and placement are based on results from all four trials, with the greatest weight assigned to attorney performance. After four trials, the four highest-scoring competitors square off as attorneys in two semifinals. The winners of each semifinal compete in the championship round, and the winner is crowned.
Both young men, Aidan Troy and Colin Pryma, will be preparing for the competition that takes place this July in Atlanta, Georgia. The Delbarton community salutes both Aidan and Colin for making it into the competition and wish both students the best of luck as they prepare to take on competition in the mock trial courtroom this July!