Mock Trial competes

The elder members of Mock Trial team pose after they complete their competition. From left to right: Maddie Maney (12), Sophie Shephard (12), Kathryn Wittoesch (12), Anna Johnsen (12), Josh Halpern (12), Jackie White (11)

The defense has closed. The prosecution has concluded. All witnesses have been called and have spoken; the objections have flown in their direction. The court room is silent and the judge sits quietly. What is the jury’s decision?

That changes every round for the Mock Trial team, depending on their success.

The Mock Trial team, led by Mr. Oakes and Mrs. Gregg, competes once a year; the students prepare by meeting once a week up until the competition and by doing work outside of school.

“A lot of the work the students put into it is their own,” Gregg said. “I’m here to help when they need it, but for the most part, the work is independent.”

They are then organized into three groups, each playing the role of the prosecution, defense, and the witness pool. Each team competes once as one of the three roles, and each of the teams is  referred to by a different color.

For this past competition, the jury’s decision went both ways. While the team will not be moving on, Oakwood did have two wins; Oakwood Blue defeated Springfield, and Oakwood White defeated Trotwood. Cara Mumford (12) and Josh Halpern (12) received recognition as outstanding witnesses.

“I felt we did a strong job,” Megan Cleary, (10) said. “It was a fun experience and I liked seeing the inner-workings of the judicial procedure.”

Having been established last year, this will have been the second time Oakwood has competed. As the years pass on, Oakwood may rise the ranks in this new competition.

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