CCSD Schools Make Top Four at Mock Trial Competition
Moultrie Middle School was named the first runner-up, and Buist Academy placed fourth in the second annual Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Pittsboro, NC at the Chatham County Courthouse. (Forestbrook Middle School received top honors, and Ocean Bay Middle School placed third.)
South Carolina’s top teams from the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Competition competed against the top four teams from North Carolina: Academy at Lincoln, Lakewood Montessori, Cane Creek Middle School and Wayne School of Engineering. All four teams from South Carolina finished in the top four spots of the competition.
Participating students from Molutrie Middle School included Scotty Faltynski, Madison Frank, Lyle Johnson, Whitney Knotts, Madeleine Neese, Morgan Newman, Olivia Ollis, Katherine Palmer, Andrew Peters, Aidan Richter, Mark Richter, Eleanor Ross, Sriram Srinivas, Ben Wallace, Estella Walsh and Grace Wilder. The teacher coach is Ann Hills. The attorney coaches are Marie-Louise Ramsdale and Audrey R. Brown.
Participating students from Buist Academy included Morgan Anderson, Livia Argraves, Cameron Ball, Malia Borg, Piper Carter, Hayley Cash, Leigha Cox, Clara Cullum, Burgie Dew, Sebastian Drusin, Samuel Ford-Dirks, Claire Gaddy, Jacob Lannan, Hunter Musi, Mackenzie Riley, Dani Rucker and South Wallace. The teacher coaches are Maury Liz Goodloe and Christopher Garner. Parent Callie Shell assisted the team. The attorney coaches are Elizabeth Rhoad Myrick and Amy Campbell Kelly.
Students presented the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious criminal case before a panel of volunteer lawyers and judges. Teams used the same case that was presented in their respective 2014 regional and state Mock Trial competitions. This year’s fictitious case was State of New Harmony v. Charlie Spencer in which a lobsterman was sued for sinking a fellow lobsterman’s boat. Students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.
The Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition is a project between the SC Bar and the Law Related Education Department of the NC Bar Association Foundation. The program is supported by the SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division, SC Bar Foundation, NC Bar Law Related Education Department and NC Bar Association Foundation.