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OHS Mock Trial Teams Excel At District Competition; 5 Move On to Regionals!


Congratulations to the eighty OHS students who competed at the Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga District Competition in Downtown Cleveland. Five OHS teams were selected to move on to the Regional Competition!!!

Orange High School sent 10 teams to the District competition, with OHS students received 19 individual awards. Fifty high school teams competed in this contest hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Orange High School has the most number of teams invited to the Regional contest from our District.

The District event marked the first round of competition for the 2016 OHS Mock Trial teams under the leadership of teachers Dave Chordas, Mark Kimball and Yang Yang. This year's teams are named after stars and include teams Alpha Centauri, Arcturus, Bellatrix, Capella, Maia, Phoenix, Polaris, Rigel, Sirius and Vega.

Teams Phoenix and Polaris (comprised of all seniors), Alpha Centauri (comprised of juniors and seniors), Maia (comprised of sophomores and juniors), and Sirius (comprised of all sophomores)  will now compete against other Districts at the Regional Competition on February 19th.

The judges also awarded Best Witness and Best Attorney honors in each trial. Congratulations to all of our OHS honorees:

Best Witness Awards went to:
Seniors: Alisa Hill, Stella Moss, Nathan Pflaum, Ned Sabanegh
Sophomores:  Noa Breitman, Nia Franklin, Chiara Ziska
Freshman:  Ryan Vincent

Best Attorney Awards went to:
Seniors:  Christopher Jin, Tom Middleton, Tyler Nelson, Nolan Wiley
Juniors:  Maddy Carek, Gabe Sugerman, Mariam Tsutskiridze
Sophomores:  Nadia Mirfendereski, Ethan Hsi, Tamara Joseph, Megan Roth

The 2016 fictional case involves a police officer’s defense of the use of deadly force as well as an exploration of Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to the use of force by an officer. Students act as attorneys and witnesses in the case that was distributed to them earlier in the school year. Volunteer judges and attorneys serve as competition judicial panelists and evaluate both the prosecution and defense sides' efforts to determine the winning teams.

Congratulations to all of our Mock Trial students...and good luck at Regionals!

                          Team Alpha Centauri                                                          Team Maia

                            Team Phoenix                                                                    Team Polaris

Team Sirius

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