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Forestbrook Middle School wins S.C. Bar Mock Trial State Competition; Ocean Bay named first runner-up

December 10, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 10, 2013)—Forestbrook Middle School won the 10th annual S.C. Bar Middle School Mock TrialForestbrook Middle School State Competition on Saturday, Dec. 7, marking the school’s fourth state championship title. Ocean Bay Middle School, which has competed at the state level four times, was named first runner-up for the second straight year.

Participating students from Forestbrook included Hannah Beam, Bailee Carter, Hailey Haddock, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Jessica Jefferds, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, Zoe McNelis, Zack Odom, Neil Pankhania, Cecia Zavala Ramos, Sydny Stegall and Sophie Stevanovich. The teacher coaches were Gretchen Almeida, Grace Burleson and Stephanie Necessary. The attorney coach was Audra McCall Byrd.

Participating students from Ocean Bay included Madison Blanton, Ryan Bao, Fendi Chen, Michael Corcione, Christian DiMarino, Ela Ender, Natasha Flaten, Michael Foltz, Lauren Myrick, Alexis Stultz, Christoph Tatgenhorst and Franky Wong. The teacher coaches were Billy Gainus, Marion Touzel, Elaine Aiken and Mary Lynn Hope. The attorney coach was Dominic Allen Starr.

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

This year’s fictitious case was Sidney Curie v. Petzicon Products, Inc. Curie, the owner of an award-winning West Highland Terrier, sued Petzicon for the manufacture and sale of its flea treatment FleaX, after Curie’s dog died following its use. Petzicon denied the allegations, claiming the death was caused by Curie’s improper application of the flea treatment. To read more information about the case or about the Middle School Mock Trial Program, visit www.scbar.org/lre.

The S.C. Bar thanks the attorney volunteers as well as the staff at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, Lexington County Summary Court, Lexington Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police Department, whose contributions helped make this competition a success.

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.

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

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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