|Explorers will be in session at the state level next month|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:11|
PERRYSBURG - Four teams from Perrysburg Court Law & Government Explorer Post 2306 have registered to compete in the 2013-14 annual statewide mock trial competition.
District competition will take place on Jan. 31. District winners from throughout the state 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 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.
The Perrysburg Court Explorers have participated in mock trial since 2003. This year's team members include Team Casey's "Legal Lightning:" Areeb Ahmed, Ceimoani Bumrah, Ben Hirt, Steven Hugg, Michael Kepner, Ryan McConnell, Alexandra Phlegar, Joseph Rakowski and Henry Yang.
Members of Team Nowland "Justice League" are: Megan Galle, Julia Gonzales, Ross Grilliot, Savannah Guy, Alex Katko, Mahnur Khan, Kaity Laumann, Amanda Parent, Meric Pope and Noah Rossler.
Members of Team Riesen "Sugar Daddies" are:¬† Emily Cottle, Michael Gerber, Alex Leong, Sam Malhas, Zack McKenna, Alex Miller, Will Robinson, Irsyad Sjah, Clara Thornberry and Niara Williams.
Members of Team Weiss "Freedom Fighters" are: William Baldoni Jordan, Alex Buzzell, Nate Dobbs, Ali Kopp, Alisa Leong, Nehal Methi, Alisha Ohanian, Nathan Rowland Miller and Savannah Stein.
Attorneys Peter R. Casey III, Adam Nowland, Kent Riesen and Dan Weiss are coaches for the teams. Coaching is also supported by Judge S. Dwight Osterud, University of Toledo law student Jake Studer, Explorer alumni Krista Huff, Kaylyn Weisenburger, Nick Bade and Russ Quick, drama consultant Pinky Edens and teaching adviser Dr. Beth Rohrbacher.
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.
"One of the reasons our program is so successful is due to the cooperation Dr. Short gives us to allow these Perrysburg High School students release time to compete in this state-wide competition. We thank Dr. Short and the Perrysburg School District for working closely with us," Osterud said.
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