Published on December 15th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Dent wins Middle School Mock Trial Lexington Regional Competition

COLUMBIA, S.C.— Dent Middle School won the 12th annual SC Bar Lexington Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition recently at the Mark H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center. Chapin Middle School was named first runner-up.

Participating students from Dent Middle School included Ella Blalock, Hannah Cross, Sofia Crowley, Jerry Finney, Anya Garber, Hannah Hedley, Rahmla Jones, Sofia Lynch, Mariya Medvedchikova, Jordan Nealey, Mary Newman, Pallavi Rao, Millie Sox, Lily Shytle, Thomas Temple and Willa Catherine Zeiler. The teacher coaches were Tim Hicks and Marc Turner, and the attorney coach was Rachel Hedley.

Participating students from Chapin Middle School included Ella Bishop, Sean Cannon, Cameron Duncan, Gavin Feiner, Jermon Franklin, Logan Griggs, Kristin Jaure, Drew Johnson, Marcus Leano, Bethany Lindler, Paige Maylath, Lydia Morris, Dalton Perry, Holden Player and Megan van Vollenhoven. The teacher coaches were Susan Splittgerber (lead teacher) and Debbie Liebler, and the attorney coaches were Sarah Eibling and Tucker Player.

Students presented the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious criminal case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. Students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers, and teams were judged on their presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

This year’s fictitious case was Skyler Reed v. 104.4 WSCB Inc. and Cameron Jackson. In the case, radio station 104.4 WSCB hosted the 2015 Music in the Sand Festival. During the event, DJ Cameron Jackson, “DJ CJ,” flew a drone over the crowd to record the festivities. During the opening performance, DJ CJ received several emergency phone calls and was forced to step away from piloting the drone. At the same time fan Skyler Reed fell from a trash can and suffered injuries. Skyler alleges the fall was the result of the drone, but evidence suggests the fall may be due to other causes.

Ten schools participated in the Lexington Regional Competition, and 24 other schools participated in regional competitions in Charleston, Conway and Greenville. Due to extensive flooding, the state competition was cancelled, and winning teams and first runners-up were selected from each of the four regional competitions. Dent Middle joins Moultrie (Mt. Pleasant), Forestbrook (Myrtle Beach) and Merriwether (N. Augusta) middle schools as a 2015 regional winner, and Chapin Middle joins Buist Academy (Charleston), North Myrtle Beach (N. Myrtle Beach) and Riverside (Greer) middle schools as a 2015 regional first runner-up.

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

About the South Carolina Bar:
The SC Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.


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