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Dreher Team Wins 2020 High School Mock Trial Regional Competition

 

A team of Dreher High School students recently won the Columbia Region Mock Trial competition, qualifying them to compete at the state tournament on March 13-14 at the Richland County Central Court. This annual contest among young legal eagles is sponsored by the South Carolina Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division.

 

Members of the winning Blue Devil Mock Trial team include Gabby Cruz, Anna Sophocleous, Alex Randall, Ashton Butler, Philip Sophocleous, Catie Willm, Abby Kahn, Jack Lamey, Tasya Washington, Matthew Evans, Ashton Petoskey, Bailey Griffin, Abe Lohnes and Parker Shea. Dreher’s team is coached by Bryan Patterson.

 

During the three rounds of regional competition students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers in the fictitious negligence case, Mark Sawyer v FazioForensics, Inc. Students presented the case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

 

“Through this program, students not only learn about the court process, but critical thinking, problem analysis and teamwork,” said Cynthia H. Cothran, the S.C. Bar’s Law Related Education Director. “The best thing to see is students growing up in the program. I have watched middle school students participate in High School Mock Trial, go to college, enroll in law school and then become South Carolina attorneys.”

 

Richland One was well represented at the regional competition. In addition to Dreher, teams from Eau Claire, Lower Richland and A.C. Flora high schools made impressive presentations. In all, judges awarded Richland One students 11 individual awards for being outstanding attorneys or witnesses during their rounds.

 

SC Bar Mock Trial Regional: Most Effective Witnesses

· Dreher: Tasya Washington (two rounds) and Parker Shea

· Lower Richland: Amya Bryant

· A.C. Flora: Meghan Bove’ and Eva Shealy

· Eau Claire: Tiquan Bellamy

 

SC Bar Mock Trial Regional: Most Effective Attorneys

· Dreher: Gabby Cruz and Anna Sophocleous

· Lower Richland: Chloe Ann Cook

· A.C. Flora: Amaeria McEachin

 

 Dreher Mock Trial

Members of the winning Blue Devil Mock Trial team include Gabby Cruz, Anna Sophocleous, Alex Randall, Ashton Butler, Philip Sophocleous, Catie Willm, Abby Kahn, Jack Lamey, Tasya Washington, Matthew Evans, Ashton Petoskey, Bailey Griffin, Abe Lohnes and Parker Shea. Dreher’s team is coached by Bryan Patterson.

 

Eau Claire Mock Trian

Members of the Eau Claire team include Bishop Williams, Tamirra Henry, Skylar Clark, Jada Yarborough, Mikayla Reese, Mahoganie Whitaker, Tiquan Bellamy, Jaylene Woods, Daelmontae Anderson, Kristijan Scott, Emani Hopkins and Daniel Jacobs.

 

LR Mock Trial

Students representing Lower Richland High at the 2020 Mock Trial Regional were Jai Anderson-Folk, Jodin Billie, Darius Blanks, Amya Bryant, Chloe-Ann Cook, Aniah Holiday, Taharia Jones and Aieriala Lane.

 

Flora Mock

A.C. Flora’s Mock Trial participants included Luke Avant, Amaeria McEachin, Meghan Bové, Benjamin McMullen, Harrison Caspino, Cannon Murray, Kristina Chambers, Will Rambo, Connor Condon, Georgia Richter, Eva Edwards, Ryanne Rogers, Joscelyn Hagins, Tina-Maria Sandoval, Eva Shealy, Kristopher Mattox, Siona Sturgeon and Lizetta Halter-McInnis.

 

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