Perrysburg Court Explorers go to state mock trial PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:05
PERRYSBURG - Four teams from Perrysburg Court Law and Government Explorer Post #2306 have registered to compete in the annual statewide mock trial competition.
District competition will take place on Jan. 31. District winners will advance to the regional competition on Feb. 21. The state finals are March 6-8 in Columbus.
The Ohio Mock Trial Program, established by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) in 1983, is a statewide educational program designed to allow students to become aware of their constitutional rights and responsibilities. It provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while also building interpretation, critical thinking and public speaking skills. Students who compete in the program come away with a greater understanding of not only the principals our legal system is founded on but of themselves and the skills they possess. Students are recognized and rewarded for their academic and intellectual achievements.
The Perrysburg Court Explorers have participated in mock trial since 2003.
Members this year include Areeb Ahmed, Ceimoani Bumrah, Ben Hirt, Steven Hugg, Michael Kepner, Ryan McConnell, Alexandra Phlegar, Joseph Rakowski, Henry Yang, Megan Galle, Julia Gonzales, Ross Grilliot, Savannah Guy, Alex Katko, Mahnur Khan, Kaity Laumann, Amanda Parent, Meric Pope, Noah Rossler, Emily Cottle, Michael Gerber, Alex Leong, Sam Malhas, Zack McKenna, Alex Miller, Will Robinson, Irsyad Sjah, Clara Thornberry, Niara Williams, William Baldoni Jordan, Alex Buzzell, Nate Dobbs, Ali Kopp, Alisa Leong, Nehal Methi, Alisha Ohanian, Nathan Rowland Miller and Savannah Stein.
In this year's case, Phillips High School agrees to license naming rights of its field to a large corporation. In response, students organize protests both in school and on the field. The school district responds by installing security cameras, searching lockers of the students involved and filing a lawsuit seeking an order authorizing the school to remove the students from the field. The students claim that the school district's actions violated their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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