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Thurmond wins state championship in mock trial

Posted: March 22, 2017 - 2:07am
Strom Thurmond High School’s mock trial team poses with trophies after winning state championship.

Strom Thurmond High School took home first place in the 35th annual South Carolina Bar State Mock Trial competition, marking the school's sixth state title.

The Thurmond team will represent their state at the national competition in Hartford, Conn., in May, according to a news release from the South Carolina Bar.

Socastee High School was first runner-up.

The Thurmond and Socastee teams were two of 12 that advanced from the regional high school mock trial competitions in Conway, Georgetown, Greenville, Lexington and Sumter to the state competition March 10-11 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

Participating students from Strom Thurmond High School were Madison Brawley, Alana Caddell, Maegan Carter, Patience Clark, Traterrious Holmes, Wilbur Holmes, Gage Quarles, Derek Rhodes, Anthony Scott, Rachel Simpkins, Bonnie Watson and Ryan Wood. The teacher-coaches were Denise Jackson and Steven McKinney. Attorney coaches were Blair Massey and state Sen. Shane Massey.

Teams presented the plaintiff and defense sides of a fictitious civil case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. This year's case was a wrongful termination suit filed by Jamie Crown, a hospital employee who refused to receive the flu shot after his/her child passed away as a result of flu shot complications. Students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers, and teams were judged on presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

The first Professionalism and Civility Award was presented this year to Chapin High School. The 12 competing teams collectively selected the recipient of this award.

The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the state Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law-related education. The Mock Trial Program is supported by the Bar's LRE Committee and made possible through a SC Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the SC Bar.

 

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