MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Forestbrook Middle School won the 10th annual S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition this past Saturday.
According to a news release from the S.C. Bar Organization, the competing students represented the sides of plaintiff and defense in a fictitious mock trial case of Sidney Curie vs. Petzicon Products, Inc. Petzicon was accused of making and selling a harmful flea treatment, FleaX, that potentially caused the death of Curie's award-winning West Highland Terrier. Petzicon denied the accusations and claimed Curie misused the product during application.
The case was tried before a panel of volunteer lawyers and judges. The students acted as defendant, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. The participants were evaluated on their skills of presentation, and presented before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges.
According to the release, the following students helped obtain Forestbrook's fourth state championship title; Hannah Beam, Bailee Carter, Hailey Haddock, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Jessica Jefferds, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, Zoe McNelis, Zack Odom, Neil Pankhania, Cecia Zavala Ramos, Sydny Stegall and Sophie Stevanovich. The teacher coaches were Gretchen Almeida, Grace Burleson and Stephanie Necessary, with the help of Audra McCall Byrd, the attorney coach.
The S.C. Bar thanks the attorney volunteers as well as the staff at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, Lexington County Summary Court, Lexington Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police Department.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) Division, and is made possible through an S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.