MOCK TRIAL CHAMPS: Jenks High School’s 6th Horn mock trial team hold their trophies as the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Champions. The 6th Horn team defeated Owasso High School in the final round of competition, held in March.
Jenks High School’s 6th Horn mock trial team was named the 2017 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Champions after defeating Owasso High School in the final round of competition in March. Jenks High School’s Tremors team placed seventh in competition.
The teams argued a fictional case that focused on the civil prosecution of a drilling company whose fracking is thought to be the cause of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the downtown of Wheatville.
Jenks’ 6th Horn team will represent Oklahoma at the national competition, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, in May.
The 6th Horn team members are Kathryn Aung, Fallon Cochlin, Delaney Cole, Robyn Coleman, Rachel Disler, Brianna Horn, Matthew Mills, Hardi Patel, Cathrine Raranje, Victoria Savage, Samantha Tomecek, Greyson Vaughn, Rachel Webster and Emily Yarber.
Jenks’ Tremors team members are Madazyn Acton, Angela Cao, Gyllian Cunningham, Leslie Dalrymple, Steven Hull, Autumn Jensen, Treyton Kelly, Judith Nunez-Lopez, Iesha-Lashay Phillips, Angela Ray, Jasmin Roybar, Ian Staley, Kayla Stolz, Shianne Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Gabrielle Tiger and Tyler Willhite.
“The mock trial program provides students with an opportunity to gain a unique insider’s perspective of the American legal process,” says Linda Thomas, of the Oklahoma Bar Association of Bartlesville.
Fallon Cochlin received a “best attorney” award, and Greyson Vaughn was awarded a “best witness.”
Teams were paired with volunteer attorney coaches. The Jenks teams were coached by attorney and teacher Mike Horn and teacher Tim Sloan.
Judges evaluated the students based on their familiarity of the case and the formulation of their arguments. Students received points for each phase of the trial, opening, direct and cross examination, closing argument, and how well their witnesses responded.
Out of the 34 teams across the state that began competing in January, Owasso High School’s O’Connor team placed fourth, Owasso High School’s Ginsburg team placed fifth, Bishop Kelley High School’s team placed sixth, and Broken Arrow High School’s team placed eighth.
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 volunteer their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competition.
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.