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N. Myrtle Beach High School named runner-up in National Mock Trial Competition

May 13, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 13, 2014)—N. Myrtle Beach High School was named runner-up in the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 11 in Madison, Wis.

In March, the team took home its third state title at the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition, making it eligible to compete in the national competition.

Participating students include Shannon Cherney, Madison Genevro, Ariyana Gore, Lukas Gschwandtner, Alexis Jones, Brandon Lynch, Kacey Markarian, Taylor Moon and Bailey Phillips. The teacher coaches are BJ DeCerbo and Amy Howe. The attorney coaches are Joshua D. Holford and Martin D. Spratlin.

Students presented the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers. Additionally, students filled the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff and timekeepers. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

“I am extremely proud of the effort and results from this year,” said BJ DeCerbo, lead teacher for the N. Myrtle Beach High School team. “The students understand how much work it takes to win at the different levels of Mock Trial and don’t give up. The majority of the team has been working almost year-round for the past six years to become this successful. The coaches and I are so proud of their dedication—not only to our program but also to Mock Trial in general. Mock Trial has helped shape our students into responsible, hard working young adults and we are so proud of their efforts day in and day out!”

The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education. For more information, visit

The Mock Trial Program is made possible through a S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.


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