LOWELL -- The Lowell High School Mock Trial team recently presented three students with awards that have been named in honor of the two attorney coaches who guided the team for 30 years.
The Patricia Sullivan Talty Inspirational Leadership Award, established to honor Sullivan Talty for her energy and commitment, goes to a member who is not necessarily the star witness or star attorney, but the student who taught and supported the other members of the Mock Trial team throughout every meeting, practice and trial. Victoria Franco, a senior, received the inaugural award.
The Francis T. Talty Professionalism Award was established to honor Francis Talty for his energy and commitment to the program. The recipient exemplifies a dedication and commitment to the goals and ideals of Mock Trial by his or her actions and deeds. Emma Prum, a sophomore, and Kevin Truong, a junior, share the inaugural award.
LHS Mock Trial adviser Amanda Ernst said the Taltys dedicated themselves to supporting students in "acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system, developing analytical and communication skills, and gaining a deeper understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society through their participation."
She added that they "inspired generations of young people to pursue their interest in the law and provided an avenue for them to see the value and necessity of becoming civicly engaged in our society.