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Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest

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2018 Season Contest Registration

The Registration form is a saveable and printable PDF. The Registration must be received (along with the registration fee) by Friday, January 11.

Here is an informational flier to give to your school's art teachers and students.

Contestants are responsible for reading and understanding the Rules of the Court Artist Contest, found on the second page of the registration form, prior to the competition.

Teams may enter a maximum of 3 students for the Contest. Contestants must attend the school fielding a team in the 2017 mock trial competition.

Contestants will attend the Regional Competition with their school's mock trial team and have Rounds 1 and 2 to produce up to two drawings for submission. Contestants will only be allowed to view rounds with their mock trial team.

Background of the Contest

In 1996, the High School Mock Trial Committee entered into a special relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which sponsored a court artist, Craig Harding—a student at SCAD—to accompany the 1996 and 1997 Georgia state mock trial champion teams to the national competition. The product of that work has illustrated mock trial publications since 1997. In the fall of 1998, after Craig Harding’s death in June of that year, SCAD sponsored the first statewide court artist contest in his memory for students who attend high schools that compete in our program.

The Court Artist Contest is open to any enrolled student at a school/organization fielding a competing High School Mock Trial team. Each team may enter up to 3 Court Artist Contestants. Contestants submit up to two drawings made during the course of the Regional Competition using the guidelines outlined on the registration.

Honor Roll of Court Artist Champions from previous seasons

2017 Season Results

Entries were evaluated by professors from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) who picked one winner from each Region and named a State Finalist and State Champion. Through a generous sponsorship contribution from SCAD, the State Champion is offered the opportunity to travel to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Hartford, CT with the State Champion Mock Trial Team to draw the Georgia Team at Nationals.

The 2017 Region Winners are:

  • Region 3 (Atlanta) - Reagan Pendergast, Atlanta International School
  • Region 6 (Dalton) - Elizabeth Rodriguez, Northwest High School
  • Region 7 (Decatur) - Josette Vanderlaan, DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Region 10 (Macon) - Hannah Williams, Howard High School
  • Region 11 (Marietta) - Michelle Cao, Northview High School
  • Region 12 (McDonough) - Alexia Benavent, McIntosh High School
  • Region 13 (Newnan) - Alexcia Salvant, Douglas County High School
  • Region 17 (Cumming) - Nicole Harris, Cambridge High School
  • Region 19 (Valdosta) - Braden Castleberry, Lowndes High School

2017 Court Artist State Champion
Nicole Harris, 2017 State Champion


2017 Court Artist State Finalist

Michelle Cao, 2017 State Finalist