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Forestbrook Middle Schools wins Battle of the Carolinas; Ocean Bay named runner-up

April 01, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 1, 2014)—Forestbrook Middle School won the inaugural Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, March 29. Ocean Bay Middle School was named the first runner-up.

Forestbrook, winner of the 2013 S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition, and Ocean Bay (first runner-up) competed against the remaining top two teams from the state level—Dutch Fork Middle School and Dent Middle School—and the top four teams from North Carolina: Ridge Road Middle School, McDougle Middle School, The Academy at Lincoln and Wayne School of Engineering.

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 Ryan Bao, Fendi Chen, Michael Corcione, Christian DiMarino, Ela Ender, Natasha Flaten, Alexis Stultz, Christoph Tatgenhorst and Franky Wong. The teacher coaches were Billy Gainus, Elaine Aiken, Mary Lynn Hope and Marion Touzel. 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. Additionally, 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.

Teams used the same case that was used in their respective 2013 regional and state Mock Trial competitions. 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.

The Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition is a project between the S.C. Bar and the Law Related Education Department of the N.C. Bar Association Foundation. The program is supported by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division, S.C. Bar Foundation, N.C. Law Related Education Department and N.C. Bar Association Foundation.

The S.C. Bar 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 www.scbar.org/lre.

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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