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S.C. Bar announces winners of Courtroom Journalist and Artist Competition

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 22, 2012) – Congratulations to the following winners of this year’s courtroom journalist and artist portions of the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial Competition:

First place, journalist: Kayla Fenstermaker, Bob Jones Academy
First place, artist: Megan Greer, Montessori School of Anderson
Runner-up, journalist: Abby Holdeman, Chapin High School
Runner-up, artist: Libby Bergmann, Beaufort High School

The roles of courtroom sketch artist and journalist were introduced in the 2011 High School Mock Trial Competition to broaden participation opportunities to a more diverse group of students.

Six regional finalists from each category advanced to the mock trial state competition, where they recorded their observations from the proceedings through sketches and articles. Local reporters, graphic designers and artists judged the entries during the week following the competition, which was held March 9-10 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

The S.C. Bar will present Ms. Fenstermaker and Ms. Greer with plaques during their schools’ annual awards ceremonies. To view the winning artist entry and the work of each finalist, visit

The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education 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 an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation and the S.C. Bar.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.



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