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MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION: Broken Arrow High School’s mock trial team members pose after receiving their eighth-place awards at the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial semifinal competition.
Broken Arrow High School’s mock trial team took eighth place in the semifinal round of the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition.
The teams that moved on to the semifinals advanced through a field of 34 teams representing 22 schools across the state. Other high schools advancing to the semifinals were Owasso, Jenks, and Bishop Kelly high schools.
Broken Arrow High School’s team is coached by teachers Chris Nulf and Pam Jones, and its attorney coach is Clifton Baker. Team members are Conner Anderson, Kenneth DeSouza, Ethan Dutton, Kiley Edmounds, Hannah Jones, Donavan Lopez, Ashanti Mack, Ignatonkova Polina, Destiny Sanders, Hannah Stout, Nathan Tanner, Jacob Temple, Emily Tucker, Niia Washington, Emily White and Joseph Williams.
The competition involves teams of students taking on the roles of attorneys and defendants. The “trials” are heard by a judge and attorneys in a courtroom setting where individual and team performances are evaluated. This year’s mock trial focused on the civil prosecution of a drilling company whose fracking was thought to be the cause of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the downtown of Wheatville.
Jenks High School’s 6th Horn team won the state championship during the final round of competition against Owasso High School. The team will represent Oklahoma at the national competition, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, in May.
“The Mock Trial Program provides students with an opportunity to gain a unique insider’s perspective of the American legal process,” says Linda Thomas, Oklahoma Bar Association of Bartlesville.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Nearly 400 judges and attorneys volunteered their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competitions.
The foundation, through its grants and awards program, allocates funds to nonprofit agencies and programs like mock trial. The mission of the foundation is to ensure justice is possible for all Oklahomans through the promotion of law, education and access to justice. The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.