Fort Plain mock trial team advances to Regional
The Fort Plain Jr. /Sr. High School mock trial
team recently advanced to a regional tournament scheduled for April
26 in Warren County after winning a county tournament against three
other local schools at the Fonda Courthouse on March 24. The team
won both times it competed.
A mock trial is a hands-on exercise where
students learn about the American justice system and the mechanics
of litigation. The competition also aims to create better informed
citizens by emphasizing ethics, civility, and how to be zealous but
Every year, the New York State Bar Association
sends a fictional case - written by real attorneys - to schools. The
case book includes an outline, evidence, affidavits, pictures,
reference information, rules and other information. During the
"trial," students put together the prosecution (which includes
opening and closing statements and cross-examinations) and are
scored on a scale of 1-5.
Fort Plain coach and history teacher called
the team’s performance “excellent”.
“They improved so much since we started
getting this going. Their dedication has really shown,” she said.
“They were very well prepared and knew what they needed to do in the
This year’s participants include Beth
Doxtater, Lesly Hazzard, Travis Herringshaw, Jillian Palmer, Edward
Rolle, Gene Ryan, Mackenzie Stevens, Brianna Swartz, Michael Thomas,
Robert Thomas, Kenny Travis, and Robert Weller.
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