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Local Mock Trial Team earns ‘Outstanding’ rating at state

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of St. Hilary School
FAIRLAWN — The St. Hilary School Mock Trial team competed at the Ohio Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase in Columbus March 31.

The only team from Summit County to compete, the team is comprised of students in the seventh and eighth grades at St. Hilary School. Team members served in the roles of both attorneys and witnesses for the mock trials. This year’s trials were based on the novel “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry.

Adrianna Powers received the Best Prosecuting Attorney Award; Aeri Hong received the Best Defense Attorney Award; and, for the second year in a row, Kareem Muakkassa received the Best Defense Witness Award. All three are eighth-graders. 

Other team members included eighth-graders Brandon Bishop, Michael Chmura, Catherine Horvath, Robert Roth and Adam Vaughn and seventh-graders Noah Cook, Patrick Delaney, Merideth Vieson and Rachel Wasik. Coached by Akron Municipal Court Judge Katarina Cook, with the assistance of faculty advisers Tracey Arnone, principal, and Nathan Baxendale, assistant principal, the team competed at the Ohio Supreme Court in two mock trials and was one of only 11 teams to receive an “Outstanding” rating, and one of only seven teams to win all of the judges’ score sheets.

Shown above, the St. Hilary School Mock Trial Team prepares for competition.

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