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Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team Advances to State Competition Again This Year

web posted February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA Ė Students from Strom Thurmond High School (Team A) have advanced to the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition March 7-8 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia. Participating students include Antonia Adams, John Gillespie, Jamarr McCain, Arturo Pineda, Grace Russ, Erin Sweeney, Royden Watkins and Keyson Whiteside. The teacher coaches are Denise Jackson, Steven McKinney and Kaitlyn Pugh. The attorney coaches are Blair Ballard Massey and Sen. Anthony Shane Massey.
           
Students will present the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers. Additionally, students will fill the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

Last Saturday in Greenville, at the Piedmont Regional competition featuring sixteen of the fifty-eight high school teams in the State of South Carolina, STHS Team A and Team B, both with 2-0 records, squared off against each other in the third and final round. (Only one team is allowed to advance from a school. ) Following a tenacious round of competition-- in which the plaintiff (Team A) alleged the defendant (Team B), a private school and its track coach were responsible for the wrongful death of a seventeen year old member of the track team who died suddenly of a heart attack brought on by an overdose of steroids--Team A advanced to the state competition.

For more information about the Mock Trial case or program, visit http://www.scbar.org/lre 
           
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the S.C. Barís 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 made possible through a S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.
           
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Pictured above from left to right are Gage Quarles, Alana Caddell, Samantha Prescott, Erin Sweeney, Royden Watkins, John Gillespie, Arturo Pineda, Leticia Pena, Antonia Adams, Grace Russ, Jamarr McCain, Bonnie Watson, Keyson Whiteside, Hailey Haggerty, Johníte Grim, Brook Caldwell, and Traterrious Holmes







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