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Staci Vincent 216-831-8600

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Mock Trial is challenging enough on a normal basis, but this year’s virtual competition has made it extraordinary, according to Orange schools. Seventy-eight Orange High School students have studied this year’s Mock Trial case involving an individual’s 14th Amendment right to due process. OHS began the process with 10 teams named after Marvel characters; however, this year’s virtual competition allows only three teams per school to advance to district competition at the end of January. After four rounds of competition, the OHS teams moving on to districts are Team Thor, Team Deadpool and Team Hulk.

In each case, students portray defense and prosecution attorneys and witnesses and argue the case before a panel of judges and a “Best Attorney” and a “Best Witness” are selected. The virtual district competition will be Jan. 28 and 30, with selected teams moving on to regionals in February and the state competition in March.

Winning Best Attorney Awards in the tournament competition are Lyla Berns, Kamille Giles-Watkins, Kerry Kelly, Mia Peterman, Aidan Stearns and Daniel Suh and Mira Swirsky. Best Witnesses are Xavier Arnold, Ben Frey, Maya Korland, Rose Martyn, Jaden Polster, Elana Rubanenko, Taylor Silverstein, Emma Snyder-Lovera and Skyler Weisenberg. 

Orange has had teams in the state competition for more than 12 years. The Ohio Mock Trial program challenges students to learn more about the intricacies of the criminal justice system and teaches them to study and question the practices within the American justice system to gain a deeper understanding of how it operates.

This year's OHS team advisors are David Chordas, Jessica Fairchild, Dena McSweeney and Megan Petronsky. Legal Advisors include Aleks Chojnaki, Scott Heasley, Chuck Jarrett, Jeffrey Leikin, Jeff Saks and Jeff Ubersax. 

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