Bellefontaine High School sent three Mock Trial teams on Friday to the District Competition at the Shelby County Courthouse in Sidney.
Bellefontaine's Senior Team Bull Moose was able to secure a Regional berth after winning both their trials.
Regionals will be held on Friday, February 22.
Pictured Left: BHS Mock Trial Participants
Top Row (L-R): Brenda Johnson, Kyle Harris, Courtney Chervenak, Noelle Dunn, Alexa Haushalter, Julia Hunt, Patrick Tarasiewicz, Whitney Rader, Zach Brackney, Corey McLaughlin, Cody Sheeley, and Tom Snapp
Front Row (L-R): Marci Sebring, Emily Fergus, Kenzie Brunswick, Rene Salyer, Meggan O'Brien, Leann Stallard, Brooke Turner, Kristen Johnson, and Keith Wisecup.
This is Bellefontaine's fourth year participating in Mock Trial. Bellefontaine expanded its program to three teams this year. The teams were divided based on class. One senior, one junior, and one sophomore team competed.
The 2013 Mock Trial Case is State of Ohio v. Dakota Allen.
In the case, high school sophomore Dakota Allen is suspected of setting a fire at the school that resulted in the death of a maintenance worker. The police then engage in a lengthy interrogation. Late in the day, the defendant makes a statement claiming responsibility for the fire and is subsequently charged with Murder and Arson. The defendant later recants the confession. The defendant has alleged that the statements were improperly coerced by the police in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and filed a Motion to Suppress.
Pictured Right: BHS Senior Team
(L-R): Courtney Chervenak, Kyle Harris, Noelle Dunn, Alexa Haushalter, Julia Hunt, Patrick Tarasiewicz, and Whitney Rader
Each team must prepare to argue both sides of the case. Teams participate in two trials so they are able to play both sides. Teams must win both trials in order to advance to Regional competition.
Noelle Dunn and Alexa Haushalter received Outstanding Attorney awards.
Kyle Harris and Alexa Haushalter won Outstanding Witness awards.
Jim Robinson, history teacher at BHS, is the coach for the teams.
Joan Haushalter, local attorney, is the legal advisor.
Listen to Noelle Dunn explain Mock Trial.
Listen to Leann Stallard tell her favorite part of the event.