In what was the most unusual season of Mock Trial competition, Orange Schools once again were highly successful, with two teams invited to the State competition and one of those teams going all the way to the Final Four. Orange High School began the season with 10 teams and nearly 80 students.
Because of the virtual competition, each school was only permitted to send three teams to the original District competition. All three teams Deadpool, Hulk, and Thor (all teams were named after Marvel characters this year) moved on to the Regional contest with teams Deadpool and Thor representing two of only 19 teams across Ohio invited to compete at the state level. More than 300 teams began statewide, and the two OHS teams were only knocked out of the competition by the two teams that faced each other in the final championship competition. Team Deadpool, represented in the photo above with (clockwise from bottom center): Aidan Stearns, Mia Peterman, Allie Ahn, Rose Martyn, Kate Halloran, Nora Igelnik, Chloe Haddon, Peyton Weiss and advisor Scott Heasley (seated, center), was among the top four teams in the state.
Congratulations to State Level Individual Award winners Chloe Haddon, Mia Peterman, and Abigail Thompson who all received Best Attorney accolades and Nora Igelnik, Elana Rubanenko, Jaden Polster and Rose Martyn who won Best Witness Awards with two awards presented to Martyn. This year's OHS Team Advisors were David Chordas, Jessica Fairchild, Dena McSweeney, and Megan Petronsky. Legal Advisors include Aleks Chojnacki, Scott Heasley, Chuck Jarrett, Jeffrey Leikin, Jeff Saks, and Jeff Ubersax.
The Ohio Mock Trial program challenges students to learn more about the intricacies of the criminal justice system and teaches them to study and question the practices within the American justice system to gain a deeper understanding of how it operates. This marks more than a dozen years that Orange Schools teams have made it all the way to the State competition.
Congratulations to all involved!