On Friday, January 17, Andrews Osborne Academy competed in the district Mock Trial competition. We had two teams compete in the case of Rory Maldonado v Balke Varga, Et AL.
This case was chosen by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) because it is the 50th anniversary of Tinker v De Moines, In the Tinker case, students at a local high school wanted to protest the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands. The school disciplined them for protesting after they were told they could not protest. The students and their families sued the school district for violating their first amendment rights.
Our first team, 1 Scones, consisted of Peyton Wood, Emma Anderson, Lily Meyers, Lexi Cogar, Annie Crocker, and Anne Williams. Their first round was against NDCL where AOA acted as the plaintiffs. Emma Anderson won best lawyer and Peyton Wood won best witness. They also won the trial.
The second trial was against Mentor where AOA was the defendant. Peyton Wood won best lawyer and Emma Anderson won best witness. Sadly, AOA lost this trial by just a few points.
The second team, 2 Birdz, consisted of Darcie Gleason, Yelin Kong, Devan Kavalchek, Jack Hill, Lillie Zimmerman, Abe Szabo, and Abbie Schneider. The first round was against Riverside High School and we won the trial. Abe Szabo won best witness.
Despite a very strong showing, our AOA team did not advance to the next round. Overall, the team is proud of their accomplishments and they are already looking forward to next year. The coaches, Tom Hull and Tracy Stefanov, are extremely proud of this team and admire their ability to write opening and closing statements and make arguments.
Thank you to our legal advisors, Julz Tindall and Grant Keating, for always being supportive of the AOA team and for giving the students legal advice.