Harding Team Earns Honors in Mock Trial

Posted On: Monday, May 3, 2021

Moving the competition to a Zoom format did not stop members of the Harding Mock Trial team from continuing the Harding tradition of earning Best Witness and Best Attorney awards in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education's Middle School Mock Trial competition. Students competing in mock trials usually appear in a courtroom, in the State Judicial Court House in Columbus, and stand at the podium to deliver opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing statements, peppered with objections and rebuttals left and right. Witnesses normally rise and are sworn in, sit in the witness stand surrounded by judges and lawyers, and deliver their testimony. 

This year, Harding students logged onto Zoom from both the actual school building and from their  homes. Only the lawyer and witness speaking were on camera and off mute, while the rest were silent participants, sending good vibes to our teammates. Listening to questioning over Zoom and through face masks was a challenge but both witnesses and lawyers did an amazing job adapting to everything asked of them and did a fantastic job competing! 

Harding students gained six awards from the team's four trials and earned an overall Outstanding ranking. Congratulations go to all involved! The 8th grade team consisted of Anna Daso, Shannon Katzenberger, Charieon Doxley, Zoey Serna, Lana Collins, Beckett Broadwater, Josie Kavc, William Cosgriff, and Camden Fegely. The 7th grade team included Maya Trempe, Miko Fuller, Avery Greene, Cole Hammer, Ceci Whiteamire, and Zach Carnovale. Winners of Best Witness include William Cosgriff, Lana Collins, and Ceci Whiteamire. Winners of Best Attorney go to Maya Trempe, Charieon Doxley (pictured above), and Zoey Serna. The team is advised by Sonia Kreps.





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